Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard – “Call of Duty” never again for PlayStation?

Microsoft has announced that it will buy out video game publisher Activision Blizzard for aroAnd $69 billion. What are the consequences for gamers on other platforms?

Die Übernahme von Activision Blizzard würde Microsoft zum drittgrößten Gaming-Unternehmen der Welt machen – hinter Tencent And Sony. Zu Activision Blizzards Portfolio gehören berühmte Titel wie “StarCraft”, “Guitar Hero”, “World of Warcraft”, “Overwatch” And auch “Call of Duty”. Spiele der Call-of-Duty-Serie sind bislang für alle Plattformen erschienen. Was die Übernahme durch Microsoft für Sony-PlayStation-Nutzer bedeutet, erklärt atechbook.

“Call of Duty” will belong to Microsoft in the future

By 2023, Microsoft wants to have the purchase of Activision Blizzard over the stage, as can be seen from an internal mail shows . Under the deal, the company would own all of the publisher’s intellectual property, including Call of Duty. The series is the third-largest video game franchise in the world, with 400 million copies sold, behind only Nintendo’s “Mario” and “Tetris.” However, a majority of Call of Duty players use Sony’s PlayStation – the biggest competitor to Microsoft’s Xbox console. Now, many gamers are rightly wondering if they will continue to get access to new Call of Duty titles in the future.

It’s a similar situation to what happened after the acquisition of publisher Bethesda in 2021, when Xbox head Phil Spencer announced pretty directly in a blog post that some Bethesda titles would be Microsoft exclusives in the future:

“Gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC and Game Pass will be the best places to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players in the future.”

Phil Spencer, Xbox head

Activision games to remain cross-platform

Still, Call of Duty players can rest easy for now. That’s because Microsoft has no plans to pull the franchise from Sony’s PlayStation for now. In a press release, the company apparently professes to continue making games available across platforms. At least, the words of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicate that:

“Microsoft wird Activision Blizzard übernehmen, um die Freude And die Community von Gaming für alle zu bringen, über jedes Gerät hinweg”

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“Gaming ist dynamischste And aufregendste Entertainment-Kategorie über alle heutigen Plattformen hinweg […].”

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

According to “Bloomberg”, Xbox head Spencer addresses the PlayStation topic even more clearly in an interview:

“Ich sage nur zu den Spielern da draußen, die Activision-Blizzard-Spiele auf Sonys Plattform spielen: Es ist nicht unsere Absicht, Communities von dieser Plattform abzuziehen, And daran halten wir fest.”

Phil Spencer, Xbox head

However, Bloomberg also writes that some Activision content will be released exclusively for the Xbox. At least that’s what a person familiar with Microsoft internals is said to have described.

Sources

  • Microsoft Stories
  • Bloomberg
  • Xbox Wire