The tech giant announced on Tuesday, 18th December, news about their biggest acquisition deal to date - the purchase of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion.
This means that Microsoft now owns Call of Duty, Warcraft, StarCraft, Overwatch, Candy Crush, Crash Bandicoot, and other popular franchises.
Naturally, speculation about the future of these franchises started immediately, with the biggest question being what will this acquisition mean for PlayStation and Activision Blizzard IPs now owned by Microsoft.
Head of Xbox confirms Call of Duty stays on PlayStation
Earlier today a Sony representative stated that they hope Microsoft will honour "contractual agreements" they have with Activision Blizzard, and now Phil Spencer confirms this via his personal Twitter account.
Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship.— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 20, 2022
"Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony," Spencer wrote. "I confirmed our intent to honour all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation."
Spencer further emphasizes that "Sony is an important part of our industry" and that Xbox "value our relationship" with them.
This is in stark contrast to the ambiguity which followed Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda, where no one was really sure what will happen with future Bethesda games.
It was later confirmed that new ZeniMax Media games, like Starfield, Redfall, and TES 6, will be Xbox and PC exclusives, while they have also "honoured contractual agreements" for Deathloop and Ghostwire Tokyo, which are developed by studios now owned by Microsoft, but previous agreements have them as PlayStation exclusives for six months upon launch.
While Spencer's tweet this time around doesn't seem vague, "desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation" can be interpreted in different ways. Maybe this goes only for current Call of Duty games and those who are already in development for PlayStation.
From a financial standpoint, it makes perfect sense for Microsoft to keep Call of Duty games on a platform as big as PlayStation. Call of Duty games are the best selling PlayStation games every year and having Call of Duty games available on both Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation for a full price (let's say $70) seems like a win-win situation and an easy decision for Microsoft.
- Read more: Is Call of Duty coming to Xbox Game Pass?
Featured image courtesy of Activision Blizzard / Microsoft.