Call of Duty will not be exclusive to the Xbox, according to Microsoft

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Image: Microsoft – ‘Into the future,’ Activision/Blizzard games will be available on a variety of different platforms. At long last, PlayStation gamers can put their worries to rest: Call of Duty is here to stay. It was stated that Microsoft will bring forthcoming Call of Duty games as well as other Activision/Blizzard titles to the PS5 and Nintendo Switch as part of its $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, as well as new app store concepts aimed at giving creators and players more control.

For the duration of current agreements, Microsoft has promised to releasing Call of Duty and other “popular Activision Blizzard games” on Sony’s system. Previously, we were certain that Microsoft would not jeopardize any current agreements, but now the firm assures us that these games would remain accessible on rival platforms “into the future,” regardless of any agreements.

Brad Smith, Microsoft President and Vice Chairman:

Activision Blizzard games, such as Call of Duty, will continue to be made accessible on PlayStation as long as Microsoft has an arrangement with Activision. And we’ve promised Sony that we’ll continue to make them accessible on PlayStation once the current arrangement expires, so that Sony fans can keep playing their favorite games. To complement Nintendo’s successful platform, we’re also interested in taking comparable actions.

Many people thought Microsoft would restrict Activision Blizzard’s future games to Xbox and PC if it bought the company. Even though that’s still the case for certain games, the Call of Duty series, one of gaming’s most popular brands, is here to stay on PlayStation 5. By saying, “We feel this is what is best for the industry, for gamers and for our company,” Smith implied Microsoft would follow suit with Nintendo.

Although Smith’s imprecise words are comforting, the news should be welcomed by gamers. There’s no indication that Microsoft intends to bring every Blizzard Activision game to the Switch and PS5, and no timetable for cross-platform compatibility is provided either.

In a bid to persuade authorities to accept its takeover of gaming behemoth Activision Blizzard, the business also pledged to adhere to a set of “Open App Store Principles”. Microsoft’s position on third-party app stores is made clear by these values, which emphasize on safety, accountability, fairness and transparency, and developer choice.

Allowing developers to accept in-app purchases using their own payment system and a vow not to utilize non-public data from its app store to compete with developers’ applications are part of the company’s efforts toward seeming receptive to competition. For its part, Microsoft has promised to hold its own programs to the same high standards as those developed by other companies.

App store regulations and procedures on mobile devices restrict game developers from offering certain types of games, while also limiting the kind of games that players may play, according to Smith’s analysis. Because of our recent acquisition of Activision Blizzard, we are much more determined than ever to eliminate this friction for both artists and players. “We want to make it easier for gamers to access world-class content across all platforms.”

Apple and Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite, have been embroiled in a long-running dispute, and these promises are a direct reaction. Despite the fact that Apple was not found to be a monopoly, it was found to have violated antitrust laws and was given a permanent injunction declaring that it could no longer block developers from referring customers to third-party payment choices.

Activision Blizzard’s $68.7 billion acquisition of gaming giant Microsoft is up for review by antitrust authorities, and Microsoft is being unusually open about its ambitions to persuade them.

To address Microsoft’s increased role and responsibilities as we begin the process of obtaining regulatory permission in capitals throughout the globe for our purchase of Activision Blizzard, we have formulated these principles. Smith said that “as many countries go ahead with new legislation to foster competition in app marketplaces and beyond, this regulatory process starts” now.

Only few of the concepts will be implemented immediately since app store regulation is not established for gaming consoles, Smith said. Only those principles that fall under the “Developer Choice” category would be implemented immediately; the rest would be included into new legislation, and the corporation would be tasked with “filling the gaps” on the rest.

Rather than the DOJ, the Federal Trade Commission is apparently scrutinizing Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Bloomberg reports. The FTC has pledged more aggressive action against agreements judged anti-competitive.