Microsoft is getting ready to take over Activision Blizzard. At the Xbox What’s Next for Gaming conference, we did not receive any new details regarding the finalization of the transaction, but representatives of the Redmond corporation mentioned the topic of exclusivity.
Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox brand, has already confirmed a few months ago that the acquisition of Activision Blizzard will not suddenly mean that the Call of Duty series will not be released on PlayStation consoles. We still don’t know what the situation will be with the other games, but in some ways this topic has been covered on Xbox What’s Next for Gaming.
Matt Booty, head of the Xbox Game Studios department, confirmed that Microsoft does not intend to “take away” the production from large communities – the American corporation wants to be a “maintainer”:
“If we acquire a game that comes with a big community across a number of platforms,” Booty began, “the last thing we want to do is take something away. If anything, we feel that it’s our job to be caretakers, to be shepherds, to continue to build and nurture that community, not to cut it up into pieces and try to take some of it away.”
This does not mean, however, that all Activision Blizzard titles will still be released on PlayStation 5. Tina Summerford confirmed that some games will be available only on Microsoft platforms.
We did not receive any list, but it is very possible that new IPs or productions that do not have large (network?) Communities will only be available on Xbox and PC, and brands such as Call of Duty will continue to be released on Sony devices.
The situation is completely different in the case of Xbox Game Pass – in this case, players can be sure that all possible Activision Blizzard titles will go to the catalog. Sarah Bond commented on the situation with a short statement:
“We want as many Activision Blizzard titles as possible in Game Pass as soon as they join us.”