sony finally officially governed the buy-back procedure launched by Microsoft to recover Activision-Blizzard-King. It is in the columns of the venerable Wall Street Journal that the PlayStation manufacturer has chosen to deliver its impressions: “We expect Microsoft to honor contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are cross-platform”. These statements echo the words of Phil Spencer, which hinted right after the takeover announcement that Activision games could remain cross-platform: “Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue supporting these communities in the future”.
The next Call of Duty full pot on PS5 and day one in the Game Pass. This is the most likely option today, unless…
For some analysts, the multiplatform strategy could even be necessary to convince the regulatory authorities to validate the takeover. Others think on the contrary that Microsoft did not pay 69 billion dollars to change nothing in the existing situation. That being said, even while remaining cross-platform, a Call of Duty available day one on Xbox Game Pass and at full price on PS5 would no doubt very significantly increase the attractiveness of Microsoft’s service and its Xbox consoles (the cheapest gateway to Game Pass compared to the expensive PC gaming).
A document sent by Activision to the SEC just after the takeover announcement raises the risk of total exclusivities once the contractual agreements expire: “We will honor all existing commitments after the acquisition. Similar to Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft, we have no intention of removing any content from the platforms where it exists today.”