It turns out Sony could’ve had a better deal with Microsoft prior to them fighting the Activision Blizzard merger. Microsoft confirmed with The Verge that Sony’s 10-year Call of Duty deal is only for that and no other IP. The original offer would’ve kept existing Activision console titles on PlayStation, including future Activision games until 2027.
In the email posted by Tom Warren, Phil Spencer said this to PlayStation Chief, Jim Ryan:
“As you’ll recall on January 31, 2022, I sent you a written agreement with my signature memorializing Microsoft’s Commitments to Sony. Among other things, the proposed agreement provided that Microsoft would keep all existing Activision console titles on Sony, including future versions in the Call of Duty franchise or any other current Activision franchise on Sony through December 31, 2027. I’ve said before that this is the right thing to do for gamers and for the industry, and I stand by that.”
Earlier in the day, Phil Spencer announced they signed a 10-year deal with Sony to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following the purchase of Activision Blizzard. At the time we weren’t sure the longevity of the contract, but it seems to be the same agreement they made with Nintendo. It seems Sony could’ve had a better deal prior to fighting this acquisition only to lose it.
Recently, online matchmaking for old Call of Duty games seemed to have been fixed bringing back the nostalgia for many fans.
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Source: The Verge