Amidst the hype and concern surrounding Microsoft’s massive acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a new report suggests that the publisher is still committed to bring at least three more Call of Duty games to PlayStation in the next couple of years, which includes Warzone 2. Beyond that, Xbox may have the exclusivity reigns.
In a recent report published by Bloomberg, it’s claimed that Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward and Treyarch, who are the next developers to release annual Call of Duty games over 2022 and 2023, still have an agreement to bring their new entries to PlayStation platforms as well as Xbox and PC. The deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is only expected to be finalized by mid-2023, leaving plenty of time for the Call of Duty franchise – and other potential planned Activision Blizzard releases – to be multiplatform.
This also comes in light of PlayStation’s response to the acquisition, who hoped that Xbox would still honor any prior agreements made between Sony and Activision Blizzard. Part of this agreement seems to be aimed at the Call of Duty franchise, who’ve historically had exclusivity deals and content on PlayStation platforms.
According to Bloomberg, the next three Call of Duty games releasing in 2022 and 2023 will still come to PlayStation, which also includes Call of Duty: Warzone 2, the sequel to the hit free-to-play shooter.
It’s heavily rumoured that Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty title this year is a sequel to the Modern Warfare reboot, though we doubt the acquisition will have any impact on its multiplatform appearances yet.
That said, when the agreements run out, it’s possible that Xbox will have the exclusivity reigns to any future Call of Duty titles. One driving force behind the acquisition could be Xbox’s plan to put both of these upcoming Call of Duty titles as day one launches on Xbox Game Pass, further driving players to their subscription service as an incentive over PlayStation. We’ll have to wait and see how the deal plays out, as a lot could still happen in the coming months and year.
Meanwhile, last year’s Call of Duty: Vanguard is currently available for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.