Phill Spencer, CEO for Microsoft Gaming has promised that Microsoft will keep Call Of Duty on Sony PlayStation for “as long as PlayStation Exists”, adding clarity to the terribly unclear situation, reveals a report by The Verge.
He revealed this in a conversation with YouTubers Justine and Jenna Ezarik on the Same Brain Podcast. Spencer said in a statement, “As long as there’s a PlayStation out there to ship to, our intent is that we continue to ship Call of Duty on PlayStation.”
“Similar to what we’ve done with Minecraft, since we’ve owned that, we’ve expanded the places people can play Minecraft,” he added.
“We haven’t reduced the places, and it’s been good for the Minecraft community in my opinion, and I want to do the same as we think about where Call of Duty can go.”
This surprisingly is the second instance where Spencer has compared Call of Duty and Minecraft.
Recently in a conversation at The Wall Street Journal’s tech conference last week, Spencer hinted at plans on bringing CoD to Nintendo Switch, eventually treating the franchise similar to Minecraft, by allowing it on rival platforms.
“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 Call of Duty like Minecraft,” Spencer said in a statement.
The worry that CoD could become an Xbox exclusive has been on the minds of gamers ever since Microsoft announced its acquisition of Activision for $68.7 billion.
Last month, Spencer had shared a written commitment to PlayStation head Jim Ryan sometime early this year to keep CoD on PlayStation for many more years, beyond the existing marketing deals between Activision and Sony, to which Sony regarded the offer being inadequate on several levels.
This comes alongside Microsoft’s statements that if they did make the game console exclusive, it could put a massive revenue risk, “Microsoft has been clear that it is counting on revenues from the distribution of Activision Blizzard games on Sony PlayStation.”
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