Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that future Call of Duty games will be released on PlayStation the same day they launch on Xbox, allaying concerns that Microsoft will use ownership of Activision Blizzard games to hurt competition in the gaming industry.
Spencer posted a new blog post today (September 1st) detailing Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard and sharing what fans of his franchises can expect from the merger due to console exclusivity issues (via Eurogamer).
Spencer confirmed that the company intends to make Oversight, Diablo, and Call of Duty available on Game Pass once the takeover is complete. An Xbox spokesperson also stated that Xbox “is committed to making the same version of Call of Duty available on PlayStation the same day the game launches elsewhere.”
Overwatch 2. Credit: Blizzard Entertainment.
“We will continue to allow people to play with each other across all platforms and devices,” Spencer added, suggesting future crossplay. “We know that gamers benefit from this approach because we did it with Minecraft, which is still available across multiple platforms and has expanded even further since Mojang joined Microsoft in 2014.”
The blog post follows today’s news that the acquisition is under scrutiny in the UK. The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has reportedly expressed concern that Microsoft’s ongoing acquisition of Activision Blizzard could “harm competitors” and “hurt competition.”
The CMA said in a statement that the acquisition could harm competitors by “denying them access to Activision Blizzard games or offering them access on much worse terms.” The statement added that it had received evidence of the potential impact of the deal on the wider ecosystem.
Microsoft and Activision Blizzard will have five days to respond to the watchdog’s concerns or the CMA will launch a phase 2 investigation.
In other news, Biomutant could be coming to Nintendo Switch in October, according to an online listing.