When Microsoft announced the purchase of Activision/Blizzard at the end of January, many gamers wondered what the future of Call of Duty and other huge titles from the publisher would be on PlayStation and other platforms. Those questions have seemingly been answered.

Soon after the purchase was announced, Phil Spencer committed that Microsoft would honor all current agreements Activision/Blizzard held with other platforms. That statement put a lot of players at ease but left the door open for exclusivity down the road. Today, those fears can presumably be put to rest.

A new Microsoft blog post confirmed that Call of Duty and other popular Activision/Blizzard games would remain on PlayStation beyond whatever current agreements are in place. Unlike the original statement which was a bit vague, this part of the blog post was clear:

To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation through the term of any existing agreement with Activision. And we have committed to Sony that we will also make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love. We are also interested in taking similar steps to support Nintendo’s successful platform. We believe this is the right thing for the industry, for gamers and for our business.

This statement is a clear indication that Microsoft intends to allow Call of Duty to be on PlayStation for the foreseeable future. Considering what a giant the Call of Duty series is in yearly sales, Microsoft would be surrendering a large amount of revenue by making it exclusive.

There was no clarification about future new IPs being developed as far as exclusivity goes. Inevitably, this will lead to speculation that new Activision/Blizzard IPs will be exclusive to Microsoft platforms. It wouldn’t be fun without some good ol’ speculation, would it?

You can purchase Call of Duty: Vanguard on the Xbox Series X|S here and on PlayStation here.

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