Phil Spencer reiterates Microsoft’s position on the desire to keep Call of Duty available on PlayStation after the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
The famous question of the possible exclusivity of Call of Duty on Xbox with the acquisition of Activision Blizzard was also touched upon during Game Watch’s extensive interview with Phil Spencer , who reiterated that he “thinks” that the series continues to remain . on PlayStation , while also coming out on Xbox Game Pass.
Note that the question in question came immediately after the question on the possibility of a Scalebound return , so when the interviewer mentioned the Activision Blizzard issue, Spencer jokingly interrupted him by saying “can we go back to the question on Scalebound?” With a nice curtain.
The interviewer pointed out that there are many Call of Duty fans in Japan as well and that this acquisition matter represents a “big concern” for the fate of the series, thus asking if the franchise will continue to be present on PlayStation or if will remain exclusively on Xbox Game Pass.
“We think that Call of Duty will continue to live on PlayStation”, said Phil Spencer, maintaining however the typical moderation due also to the fact that, in fact, the publisher has not yet been acquired and therefore does not have the possibility to affirm things in a manner absolute, also in order not to influence the acquisition process.
“On the other hand, the maneuver is still ongoing, but when the procedures are complete, the Call of Duty series will be integrated into the Game Pass.
This will allow us to offer Call of Duty as an integral part of the subscription service, “Spencer explained, stating that” This is our goal, not the fact of eliminating Call of Duty from PlayStation. “
The Xbox chief’s response therefore seems in line with what Microsoft also reported to GamesIndustry.biz, when on the sidelines of Sony’s enthusiastic comments for in-depth antitrust investigations on the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company reported that it would not make sense, from a commercial point of view, eliminate Call of Duty from PlayStation, as the leader of the console market.