A few hours ago, we wrote to you about Sony’s demands regarding the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, which the CMA has confirmed a thorough investigation into. And now, Sony has responded to this announcement in a press release obtained by GamesIndustry. Microsoft’s reaction followed quickly, the soap opera continues.
Call of Duty is a game changer
Sony once again mentions Call of Duty as the main license that will undermine the balance of competition. The firm also insists on its desire to guarantee its players the “best experience”. The focus on Activision’s FPS license is not surprising given its worldwide success and recent partnership with PlayStation.
Giving Microsoft control of Activision games like Call of Duty, this deal will have a major negative impact on gamers and the future of the gaming industry.We want to assure PlayStation gamers that they will continue to benefit from the highest quality games, and we appreciate CMA’s attention to protect the players.
However, the rest of Activision Blizzard’s catalog is just as important, and the CMA, like other institutions that reserve the opportunity to review the deal in detail, will definitely look into it once Call of Duty is decided.
However, Sony is more apprehensive than ever about its future, and the repercussions of these public announcements are now starting to weigh on players’ feelings. These concerns about Call of Duty’s possible Xbox exclusivity are legitimate, but they come just as Sony is once again announcing licensed content exclusivity on the eve of Modern Warfare 2’s release.
While PlayStation’s strategy has long been to pay to offer unique content on its consoles, or even pay to keep content within the competition, the Japanese’s arguments now seem a little funny.
Microsoft is responsible for an eye
After Sony’s statements in the GamesIndustry columns that consider the second stage of the CMA investigation relevant, Microsoft’s response was not long in coming. In a press release sent to the site, the firm states:
It doesn’t make sense for Microsoft to remove Call of Duty from the PlayStation given its leading position in the console market.
Returning to the Call of Duty exclusivity issue, Microsoft seems to be suggesting that the Call of Duty license will have a long-term future on the PlayStation. This statement, however, is in contrast to those of Jim Ryan, who mentioned a time-limited renewal for his platform.