-When Sony wants to sit down and have a chat, we are ready to arrange a 10-year agreement for PlayStation too.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has not yet been officially approved. Authorities in several countries are investigating the purchase, and Sony in particular has expressed concern that Microsoft will run away with Call of Duty.
For its part, Microsoft has promised that the shooting game series will be allowed to stay on PlayStation for several years to come. Now the company is going even further in its attempt to show that the goal is not to secure a Call of Duty monopoly, and on Wednesday Xbox boss Phil Spencer was able to announce cooperation agreements with both Nintendo and Valve.
On Twitter, Spencer wrote that Microsoft commits to releasing Call of Duty games on Nintendo for ten years. The Xbox boss could also reveal that the shooter series will continue with simultaneous PC launches on Steam. Of course, all this depends on the acquisition going through.
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Ten years of Call of Duty is the same as what Microsoft allegedly promised to Sony. However, the PlayStation maker has not been tempted by Microsoft’s attempts to reach an agreement.
“Our acquisition will bring Call of Duty to more players and more platforms than ever. It’s good for competition and it’s good for consumers. Thank you, Nintendo. When Sony wants to sit down and have a talk, we are ready to arrange a 10-year deal for PlayStation as well”, said Microsoft top Brad Smith.
Just how Microsoft plans to get Call of Duty games onto Nintendo consoles is currently unclear. The Switch has much weaker hardware than its counterparts at Sony and Microsoft, but Nintendo has been able to run bigger games before using cloud gaming.
Alternatively, Microsoft could ask Activision to develop a simpler version, not unlike what the company is already doing on mobile.
For its part, Valve has said that it does not see the need for promises about Steam launch from Microsoft. In a statement to Kotaku, Gabe Newell said that he sees Microsoft as a reliable partner, which always keeps its promises.