Those hoping to play Activision Blizzard games through their Xbox Game Pass subscription will have to wait a little longer. While rumours claimed Microsoft would add a “huge” selection of Call of Duty games to the service (rumours as in Twitter accounts making up fake news for engagement), that isn’t the case. Phil Spencer says we’ll only see the rollout of games on the service sometime in 2024.
The news comes from the latest Official Xbox Podcast where Phil Spencer was a guest on the show. When asked about the plan for Activision Blizzard titles, Phil says there won’t be any movement this year. He says “2024 is more accurate”.
During the interview, Spencer also touched on the parity and exclusivity of the Call of Duty series on Xbox and PlayStation. He confirmed that early access betas for upcoming Call of Duty games will no longer be a thing. He says all platforms will get the beta at the same time going forward.
Spencer also assured players that Microsoft has no ill intent with the COD series. He claims that Microsoft has no plan to force players to purchase an Xbox just to play Call of Duty. As it stands, the series will remain cross-platform and have the same experience across all consoles and PCs.
Of course, Microsoft is mandated to stick to these rules. The company signed multiple agreements with other platform makers leading up to the Activision Blizzard deal. These agreements state that Call of Duty must be released on other consoles, including Nintendo, and be the same game. So even if the company wanted to, they can’t move away from that agreement for another 10 years.
At least we know for the time being, that there won’t be the “huge” injection of Activision games on Xbox Game Pass until sometime in 2024.