Microsoft Plans To Treat Call Of Duty “Like Minecraft”

Xbox head Phil Spencer has responded to the recent controversy regarding Call of Duty’s exclusivity on Xbox by revealing that the studio plans to treat the series “like Minecraft”, implying that it’ll continue to be released on PlayStation for the foreseeable future.

One of the biggest ongoing stories over the past month or two has been PlayStation’s negative reaction to Microsoft owning Call of Duty, with the former clearly worried about the possibility of Call of Duty going exclusive on Xbox platforms. PlayStation head Jim Ryan has released several statements on the matter, calling the offers from Microsoft to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation “inadequate”.


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As reported by The Verge’s Tom Warren, Phil Spencer recently spoke about Call of Duty’s exclusivity on Xbox at WSJ Tech Live 2022, where he confirmed that Call of Duty “specifically” will continue to be on PlayStation, and that he’d also like to see it move over to the Switch at some point in the future. Spencer likened its plans for Call of Duty to how it currently treats Minecraft, which seems to be confirming that it’ll remain multiplatform for some time.

Spencer said, “Call of Duty specifically will be available on PlayStation. I’d love to see it on the Switch, I’d love to see the game playable on many different screens. Our intent is to treat CoD like Minecraft. This opportunity is really about mobile for us. When you think about 3 billion people playing video games, there’s only about 200 million households on console.”

By treating “CoD like Minecraft”, Spencer seems to simply be confirming that Call of Duty will be available on PlayStation for some time, referencing how Xbox has owned Minecraft since 2014 after it purchased both the game and Mojang itself for $2.5 billion. Since then, despite Microsoft being fully within its rights to make Minecraft exclusive, it’s continued to keep updating the original Minecraft on PlayStation with new content updates and DLC.

Not only that, but it also released Minecraft Dungeons on PlayStation consoles, as well as confirming that the upcoming Minecraft Legends won’t be exclusive to Xbox and will also release on PlayStation. Spencer also specifically mentions that he’d like to see Call of Duty on the Switch in the future, which makes sense with the Minecraft comparison once again as everything from the base game all the way to Dungeons has also popped up on the Switch.

Considering the recent back-and-forth between Microsoft and Sony has revealed that the former offered the latter three more years on top of the current agreement before Call of Duty goes exclusive on Xbox, suggesting that it eventually will at some point, it’s surprising that Spencer didn’t mention any kind of time-frame in his interview. His words make it sound like Call of Duty will always be available on PlayStation, but the talks between Sony and Microsoft make it seem like it will indeed leave the system at some point.

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