Call of Duty

Sony has this morning issued a statement in response to Microsoft's $69 billion dollar deal to purchase Activision. In a quote shared with The Wall Street Journal via a Sony spokesperson, the firm said: "We expect that Microsoft will abide by contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are multiplatform."

It's a very short and corporate response that gives little away, but it does suggest Sony expects Activision games to hit PlayStation 5 and PS4 beyond the closure of the deal at some point next year. Whether that actually happens, though, will be in the hands of Microsoft as the Call of Duty maker begins reporting to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer. Any titles released before that closure should still be free to release on PS5, PS4 — at the moment, that just seems to include the rumoured Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 from Infinity Ward.

Microsoft has already proven in the past it will honour active contracts and deals when it takes control of companies. For example, it didn't stop Deathloop from releasing as a PS5 console exclusive last year, and it hasn't gotten in the way of Ghostwire: Tokyo out of Bethesda either. We don't know how long left Sony still has on the Call of Duty marketing deal, so this is one of those contracts that's up for debate in the future.