The ball is finally in the court. Now that even the British competition watchdog has given permission for Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard, all the lights are green. But what does this mean for players of Call of Duty on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series S and X?
For months, Microsoft has been working to take over Activision Blizzard. That all seemed to be in the works, only the British competition regulator was in the way. It felt that with Xbox, Microsoft would become too powerful in the market of online games in the cloud. However, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard made commitments to address the concerns, and so the Call of Duty maker succeeded.
Activision Blizzard becomes Microsoft’s
Activision Blizzard owns a number of major gaming titles. The best known are probably World of Warcraft and Call of Duty. The latter game in particular caused quite a stir in the deal. After all, it is a very popular title for PlayStation 5 players.
As a result, Sony is not happy about the acquisition. It fears that Call of Duty will no longer appear on the PlayStation 5. Not a strange thought, since Microsoft previously took over Bethesda. As a result, a game like Starfield is not playable on PS5.
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What does this mean for Call of Duty on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?
Still, things don’t seem to be going so fast. One of the commitments Microsoft has made is that Call of Duty will also simply appear on the PlayStation 5 in the coming years. And actually, that makes pretty good sense. Microsoft has $69 billion left for the company, and that has to be recouped anyway. If they make the game Exclusive for the Xbox Series S and X, it would take much longer.
Sony struck a deal with Microsoft in June. In it, the two parties agreed that Call of Duty will be playable on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 6 (if it comes around then) for at least another decade. So now you don’t have to suddenly buy an Xbox Series S or X if you want to play the game.
But what exactly about Xbox Series S and X users? What good will the acquisition do for them? That’s exactly where it gets interesting. Unlike Sony, Xbox brings new games to Game Pass as early as day one. Although unclear at this point, it seems obvious that this will also happen for games like Call of Duty and Diablo.