Next three Call of Duty games coming to PlayStation despite Microsoft’s Activision deal
Activision plans to release at least the next three Call of Duty games on Sony and Microsoft consoles, Bloomberg reports. The new report should be a sigh of relief for fans who feared that Microsoft would immediately make new Call of Duty Xbox exclusive games if its blockbuster acquisition of Activision goes through.
According to BloombergActivision had already pledged to bring “the next” Call of Duty titles on PlayStation some time before the announcement of the Microsoft acquisition. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said last week that he told Sony that Microsoft wanted to “keep Call of Duty on PlayStation” and that the company intends to honor existing agreements, so it looks like Activision’s commitment with Sony will remain in place. The next Call of Duty upcoming games on PlayStation will apparently include a new modern warfare Infinity Ward game this year, next Call of Duty game from Treyarch, and a “planned new iteration” of the free-to-play battle royale shooter Call of Duty: Warzone.
However, we’re still a long way from Activision officially becoming a Microsoft-owned studio, which spells the fate of the Call of Duty the series is not yet set in stone. The acquisition is not expected to close for some time in Microsoft’s 2023 fiscal year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2023.
If the acquisition goes through, we still don’t know if Microsoft plans to make the Call of Duty long-term exclusive Xbox series – and previous acquisitions show that the company is willing to take different approaches with its franchises. While Microsoft will only release Bethesda star field on Xbox and PC, Minecraft remains available on many platforms.
Activision, Microsoft and Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.