Microsoft has announced a 10-year commitment to bring the Call of Duty series to Nintendo consoles. In an announcement on Twitter, Xbox head Phil Spencer shared the news stating that Microsoft has entered into a 10-year commitment with Nintendo to release future Call of Duty games on the platform. In addition, the company will also see Call of Duty release on Steam after the merger is completed.
The most interesting news here is the lack of a specific Nintendo device in the statement. Spencer simply states “Nintendo” is the release platform but doesn’t exactly say whether or not the next Call of Duty will be on Nintendo Switch. This is likely due to the fact that by the time the next Call of Duty rolls around, reportedly in 2024, Nintendo would have a new console on the market.
Microsoft has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to @Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King. Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people – however they choose to play. @ATVI_AB
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) December 7, 2022
The last Call of Duty release on a Nintendo gaming device was back in 2013 when Call of Duty: Ghosts was released on the Nintendo Wii U. Since then, Nintendo owners have missed out on new COD game releases. We don’t know whether or not this is due to Nintendo’s so-called “family-friendly” gaming approach or perhaps it has something to do with the console’s lack of power.
The move is a bold one by Microsoft as the company desperately tries to get the FTC and regulators to approve the merger with Activision. The sale has been delayed and scrutinized over the past few months due to various competition concerns surrounding the purchase. Microsoft has offered Sony the same 10-year deal with the Call of Duty series but the agreement has yet to be signed.