It’s time for a new episode of the Activision Blizzard X Microsoft soap opera with a response from Sony.
The end of Call of Duty on PlayStation, Sony does not envisage it
Currently, three territories have decided to continue their study of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. This is the case of the United States, the European Union and Great Britain. A second phase which is not abnormal for an acquisition of this scale.
In a 22-page long document, Sony therefore continues to plead its case with the British regulatory authority. According to the company, by depriving the PS5 and PS4 consoles of Call of Duty, Microsoft would seek to diminish the power of PlayStation so that it is no longer a direct competitor, like Nintendo. As a reminder, Xbox had indeed said that Big N’s business was doing very well without CoD.
Microsoft says Nintendo’s differentiated model proves that PlayStation doesn’t need Call of Duty to be truly competitive. But this is indicative of the true strategy of Microsoft which wants PlayStation to become like Nintendo, to no longer be a direct competitor to Xbox.
After the takeover was approved, Xbox would become the only place to play all of the top-selling console shooter franchises (Call of Duty, HaloGears of War, Doom, Overwatch). The company would then be freed from any competitive pressure. The franchise is firmly in the minds of players: since the release of Call of Duty in 2003, every episode has topped the charts.
Ignoring these facts, Microsoft claims that Nintendo succeeded without having access to Call of Duty. A statement that misses the point. A great deal of evidence shows that Nintendo offers a different experience than that offered on Xbox and PlayStation, because it focuses on family-oriented games that are very different from PEGI 18 FPS like Call of Duty.