Xbox Boss Says Call Of Duty Will Stay On PlayStation

Xbox Boss Says Call Of Duty Will Stay On PlayStation
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Fear not PlayStation players, your precious Call of Duty is safe… for now.

With the news of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, one of the talking points heading the conversation around it was potential exclusivity of games from the latter. Due to the exclusivity of Bethesda’s game on Xbox consoles after that acquisition, it makes sense that this could be a possibility.

The possibility of Crash Bandicoot being exclusive to Xbox consoles has been making the rounds as the series has been historically known for its exclusivity on the original PlayStation console. While its original developer Naughty Dog is a subsidiary of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Crash Bandicoot was originally produced by Universal Interactive which later became known as Vivendi Games, and Vivendi merged with Activision in 2007. This, of course, means that the new owner of Activision will own the rights to Crash Bandicoot, and that owner will be Microsoft.

However, one of the main series of focus in this conversation is Call of Duty, a series that has been a multi-platform game since it came to be in 2003. Despite the hubbub, it seems as if all is well for now on this topic after CEO of Microsoft Gaming posted a tweet this morning announcing that the series would continue to be multi-platform.

Call of Duty fans can rest easy for now as it looks like the game isn’t going anywhere for the time being. ‘The time being’ is important to note here though, as Spencer’s careful wording could imply that Xbox will honour existing agreements but may change their mind in future. On the other hand, it would probably be for the best to keep Call of Duty, a series with quite the passionate fanbase, as accessible as they can.

In the meantime, co-developers of Call of Duty: Warzone are on their seventh week of striking after 12 contractors at Raven Software were laid off in December, alongside the poor working conditions reported by the development team. Said team has also reportedly received ‘radio silence’ in terms of their demands.


  • It’d be daft to ditch the PlayStation, think of all the micro (and macro) transactions that would never come to be if they did that! All those bank accounts spared being ransacked for buying the latest operator and monetised gun skin. Horrifying.

  • They also said a similar thing when they acquired Bethesda that they wouldn’t being making all the games exclusive and the future of the games will a case by case basis.

    Then when the merger was complete they announced all the games will be exclusive except the already contracted Sony exclusive titles like Deathloop

    • while that is true, Bethesda Game Studioes has always treated Playstation as a second class citizen, from the piss poor state of Oblivion, Skyrim and Fallout 3 and New Vegas on Playstation 3 to constants issues with Sony on a many things.

      One more thing Bethesda has always favored Mircosoft as well over Sony with exclusivity deals. DLC for Fallout 3 was timed exclusives for PC and Xbox 360, New Vegas and Skyrim the timed exclusivity was just for Xbox because PC players absolutely hated Games4WindowsLive and at one stage some of the DLC for Skyrim was straight up not going to the PS3 playerbase.

      Honestly, the reason for starfield not comming out on PS5 is most likely more to do with BGS having a problem with its development of the PS5 version and going fuck it lets just drop it now that we are owned by mircosoft.

      The big thing to watch for will be the likes of what happens with ID and Arkanes next games. Consequently this is also something that the FTC and US senate/house is likely to look at with regards to the ABK deal

      • I’d like to point you at another solid contender for horrible treatment… RAGE on PS3 and Xbox 360 was utter garbage haha. If you trust Bethesda at this point, let alone Microsoft, you are daft… none of this is in the best interest of the consumer.

        I’d rather Microsoft let RARE make real games… or the countless other devs they’ve bought over the years and ruined.

  • Well good at least the Call of Duty series will stay on Playstation.
    But as for the Activision Blizzard deal with Microsoft I say knock yourself out Phil Spencer because I don’t give a fuck on what happens whether Call of Duty will stop being developed on PS5 by Activision or not.

  • Remasters only for Sony.
    Seriously, system exclusive games are a pain, which ever system you are on. I just want to enjoy good games.

  • Didn’t Phil also say that for Elder Scrolls… I doubt we’ll see that on Playstation but hey I’m thinking slight delays for Playstation, remember the good ol’ days when Xbox had a partnership with Activision to have DLC first. I guess Microsoft wanted that exclusivity again 😉

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