Call of Duty will not be compromised on PS5 and PS4 platforms, despite Microsoft’s unprecedented $69 billion buyout of Activision Blizzard. Xbox chief Phil Spencer appeared on a podcast this week to confirm the series will continue to have “100 per cent parity” on PlayStation consoles. Sony has signed a contract with the Redmond firm to guarantee the shooter’s release on its systems for at least ten more years.
Spencer added that there’ll be no missing content on any console, and that it has “no goal of using Call of Duty to get you to buy an Xbox console”. He also confirmed that there’ll be no more exclusive betas moving forwards. In the past few years, Sony has secured exclusive early access to betas, including this year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III. The executive explained that he doesn’t believe this tactic is good for the “Call of Duty nation”.
Following the confirmation of its acquisition late last week, Spencer implied that Activision Blizzard’s full portfolio of software may remain multiformat after all. “Whether you play on Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, PC, or mobile, you are welcome here – and will remain welcome, even if Xbox isn’t where you play your favourite franchise,” he said.