Call of Duty Xbox exclusivity may soon be confirmed

Call of Duty is one of the most important features of modern games; In addition to its yearly releases, it has grown into a popular esports category, with the Black Ops 4 World Championship attracting millions of viewers on Twitch. The game became so popular that developer Treyarch began releasing special editions or bundles for Black Ops 4 and other Call of Duty games on PC. 

Microsoft recently announced a $68.7 billion acquisition of gaming giant Activision Blizzard, which will add a comprehensive list of new features to the Xbox brand, including some of Blizzard’s best-selling franchises. 

Overwatch and Diablo are joining the Xbox family, accompanied by Activision titans like Call of Duty. It’s not Microsoft’s first major acquisition of Xbox – the company also acquired ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion back in 2020 – but it’s the biggest to date.

Coming soon to Xbox?

This is a question that comes up every year around this time. With the annual release of Call of Duty, fans are wondering if the franchise will be exclusive to Xbox or will Activision Blizzard renew its partnership with PlayStation?

The answer is almost never clear cut. And this year, nothing has changed – although we are starting to get more information about what awaits us.

Activision Blizzard games are used across a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support these communities going forward,” Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said after the announcement. Although Microsoft is not talking about details at this point, Spencer has reiterated his commitment to competing platforms. “I’ll just say to the players who play Activision Blizzard games on the Sony platform, we’re not going to tear communities away from this platform, and we remain committed to that.

What will happen to Call of Duty if Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard? Short answer: nothing will change, at least for a few years. The deal is not expected to close until 2023, giving both companies plenty of time to sort things out.

However, if this deal goes through, it’s no surprise that Call of Duty games will eventually run exclusively on Xbox hardware. It would most likely be a move to make Microsoft even more money, especially since it already owns a small stake in Activision Blizzard.

While Call of Duty is an invaluable franchise for Activision, the publisher’s financial success depends on releasing new games every year. If moving to a Microsoft exclusive reduces the need for record-breaking earnings every quarter, it could be a welcome change and give developers more time to perfect their games without undue pressure.

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