Microsoft’s takeover of Activision-Blizzard has unsettled a significant portion of the PlayStation community, who have found it necessary to say goodbye to the Call of Duty license on their beloved consoles. But since then, Microsoft has made it clear that the series will remain cross-platform, even after the publisher’s takeover and even after the ongoing deals between Activision and Sony. Something to reassure a lot of people, but Sony still has some concerns. We discover this in a Brazilian government document that was leaked on ResetEra (rebroadcast by Eurogamer) and reveals a lot of inside information about some companies, including Sony.
Sony is silent
This document reflects Sony’s views on the Activision-Blizzard acquisition and, in particular, the future of the Call of Duty license. Sony then admits that Call of Duty has absolutely no competition, not even the Battlefield license, and that even with the same budget, it would be impossible to replicate this success:
“Despite significant budgets and resources, no other developer has managed to create a license that can compete with Call of Duty, which stands out as a gaming category in its own right. »
For Sony, a Call of Duty game is a “core game,” a license that rivals the biggest entertainment licenses, whether it’s Harry Potter, Star Wars, or Game of Thrones.
And with such influence, Sony is concerned that Call of Duty is so popular that it could influence a user’s choice of console, in other words, the latter may prefer the Xbox over the PlayStation, even if the license is available on both machines.
Remember that for years the Call of Duty license has been very closely tied to the PlayStation, and DLC or beta versions have come before Sony machines, so we’re assuming the manufacturer knows what he’s talking about.
“Call of Duty? But no, it’s not a master license, we’ll see”
In the meantime, Microsoft is still trying to keep an eye on the FTC to get the takeover approved by major market regulators. And the manufacturer is playing it out again, claiming that Activision-Blizzard does not have a license, which is “mandatory,” as he told the New Zealand Trade Commission:
“In particular with respect to Activision Blizzard video games, there is nothing unique about video games developed and published by Activision Blizzard that is mandatory for competing distributors of PC and console video games that could cause problems. »
If Call of Duty, even beyond what we think about the quality of each game, isn’t a must for a video game company, we’re wondering what could be. And that’s not counting Blizzard heavyweights like World of Warcraft, Diablo or Overwatch.
We obviously understand that Microsoft is trying to minimize the impact of the takeover on the market so that it gets approved faster, but it’s still a big deal. However, for now, the takeover investigation is ongoing by the FTC and may or may not be approved in the coming weeks.