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Activision Blizzard games to remain cross-platform as Sony reveals prior contractual agreements

Sony finally made its first public statement on Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which could have implications for titles like Call of Duty on the PlayStation ecosystem.

When Microsoft acquired publisher Bethesda Softworks, Sony expected Microsoft to uphold any ongoing contract arrangements involving PlayStation games, just like it did after PS5 system-exclusive Deathloop was launched following Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda Softworks.

Microsoft may try to secure Xbox exclusivity for the numerous franchises it’s purchasing after existing deals expire. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of this latest Singapore news.

The largest gaming acquisition to date

A lot of people have doubts about Call of Duty. Despite the popularity of the Call of Duty series on Xbox and PlayStation, Sony has maintained a marketing agreement with Activision for Call of Duty for over five years.

Since the E3 2015 press conference, previous PlayStation CEO Andrew House proclaimed PlayStation as “the new home for Call of Duty.” In November, Sony disclosed that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was the 2nd most played PS5 game for the entire year of 2021, behind only Fortnite. Sony made this revelation.

According to NPD, Call of Duty will continue to dominate US video game sales in 2021, taking the top two spots on both lists. As always, it remains to be one of the best-selling video game titles every year and it’s no SG news.

Sony will have no say in the long-term fate of Call of Duty on PlayStation after Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is complete. The Elder Scrolls VI may also be an Xbox exclusive, according to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, following the company’s acquisition of Bethesda.

A scenario where Microsoft keeps Call of Duty: Warzone on many platforms, but only the Xbox One gets future Call of Duty titles, is easily imaginable.  After all, Microsoft isn’t going to constantly publish PlayStation games indefinitely knowing that they just invested a $68.7 billion purchase.

Sony still have existing agreements and contracts with Activision

Contractual restrictions may prohibit Microsoft from cutting Sony out of the loop and keeping Activision’s games for itself.

In case you forgot about the Singapore news of Microsoft acquiring Bethesda recently, many people believed that the company would make all of Bethesda’s forthcoming titles Xbox exclusives straight away.

The time has not yet come for that. Bethesda, on the other hand, released Deathloop exclusively for the PlayStation 5 in September of last year and plans to do something similar with Ghostwire: Tokyo in the coming months.

Despite Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media, Bethesda must still honor its current obligations with Sony. Activision and Sony are likely to have similar agreements in place for limited-time exclusives and cross-platform releases.

Microsoft simply can’t abandon the market to sell games on other platforms

The next-generation game consoles from Sony and Microsoft have been made available back in November of 2020, but Microsoft is still a far second in the race.

Relative to Sony’s 18.0M PS5 deliveries, just 11.9M Xbox Series units have left the Microsoft factory. Sony’s 116.8 million PS4 shipments considerably outsold Microsoft’s 50.5M Xbox One sales during the previous console generation.

There were 15.1 million copies sold worldwide for Call of Duty 3: Black Ops 3 by Activision, which was the PS4’s fifth best-selling game. A total of 7.4 million Xbox One units were shipped out for the game.

Is Microsoft better off generating steady cash from PlayStation gamers with new games from Activision, or risking the stability of those profits in order to boost the sales of its Xbox consoles? One can certainly hope to keep their eyes open for the latest news in Singapore to find out.

Since Sony and Microsoft both offer their games for a significantly bigger profit margin than their consoles, the first option makes the most sense for the consumer.

Activision is unlikely to quit selling PlayStation titles altogether, even if Microsoft releases a Call of Duty game only for the Xbox console in the future.

A lot of things can still happen

Microsoft anticipates that the acquisition will be completed by the end of its fiscal year 2023, which begins on June 30. As a result of these obstacles, the deal is more likely to be completed during the second period of its calendar year than during its first. For the first part of the calendar year 2023, that’s right on track.

Despite the supply chain issues, Sony still has another year to boost sales of the PS5 system while releasing blockbuster titles such as God of War: Ragnarok, Spider-Man 2, and Horizon Forbidden West exclusively for the PS5.Spartacus, Sony’s subscription-based alternative to Microsoft’s Game Pass, will also be released this spring. More exclusive news today in Singapore can be thoroughly enjoyed here.