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Xbox promises to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo for 10 years if it acquires Activision Blizzard

Xbox promises to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo for 10 years if it acquires Activision Blizzard

If Xbox buys Activision Blizzard, it promises to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo for 10 years. Phil Spencer also promised to keep the series on Steam for the following ten years.

If Microsoft is successful in acquiring Activision Blizzard, Phil Spencer has said that the company will commit to releasing Call of Duty games on Nintendo platforms and Steam for the next ten years.

After Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King merged, the Xbox boss claimed on Twitter that Microsoft had made a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo. "Microsoft is committed to bringing more games to more people - however they choose to play," he added.

Spencer then followed up with a second tweet in which he made a similar commitment to PC players. "I'm also pleased to confirm that Microsoft has committed to continuing to offer Call of Duty on Steam concurrently to Xbox after the merger with Activision Blizzard King is completed," he wrote.

The most recent Call of Duty game released on a Nintendo system was the Wii U version of Call of Duty: Ghosts, which was released in 2013 and allowed players to aim with motion controls using a Wii Remote. Spencer did not specify when the first Microsoft-published Call of Duty game would be released on a Nintendo platform.

Spencer also spoke with The Washington Post about the commitment and was asked when Call of Duty would return to Nintendo.

Spencer responded to the June 2023 deadline for the merger (assuming it is not blocked by regulators): "You can imagine if [the deal] closed on that date, starting to do development work to make that happen would likely take a little bit of time."

"Once we get into the swing of things, our plan is that when [a Call of Duty game] launches on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, it will also be available on Nintendo."

When asked whether the Switch could handle Call of Duty, Spencer cited Microsoft's multi-platform title Minecraft as an example of how such generation-spanning projects could work.

"We would do this with Minecraft as well," he explained, "where we would do specific work to make the game run well on Nintendo Switch and their silicon and completely support their platform." "We do the same thing on PlayStation 5."

"Minecraft and Call of Duty are two completely different games." But we have experience with getting games onto Nintendo and running a development team that is targeting multiple platforms."

In a Wall Street Journal editorial earlier this week, Microsoft president Brad Smith provided additional details on the company's offer to keep the Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation for at least a decade.

"Sales of PlayStation games contribute significantly to Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty revenue," Smith wrote. "Given the popularity of cross-play, it would be disastrous for the Call of Duty franchise as well as Xbox itself, alienating millions of gamers."

"That's why we've offered Sony a 10-year contract to make every new Call of Duty release available on PlayStation on the same day it's available on Xbox." We're willing to extend the same commitment to other platforms and make it legally enforceable by regulators in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union."

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