Although a couple of Microsoft officials have already confirmed the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, they still need to get approval from 14 more people. The British commission launched a more thorough investigation, in which Sony released new documents. In them, he states, among other things, that if the deal goes through, many players will pass through PlayStation, Microsoft could increase the price of its console, and in the midst of all this, even smaller developers will suffer.
A very important issue among these assumptions is the Call of Duty series and this time it is no different. Microsoft says in one of its statements that Nintendo is proof that development is possible without Call of Duty. However, Sony responds by saying that Microsoft is ignoring the facts. “Microsoft says Nintendo’s divergence shows that PlayStation still doesn’t need Call of Duty to be a strong competitor. But it reveals his true strategy. Microsoft wants to replace PlayStation with Nintendo, so it shouldn’t be such a competitor for Xbox.“
It continues in the spirit that Xbox will be the only platform where you can find all the shooter games that topped the sales charts among console games. In addition to Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, Doom or Overwatch.
It is also said that Call of Duty has reached incredible sales since the first installment. Unfortunately, the percentage of players Sony PlayStation will lose is not publicly available. “NIN-NINWhile Microsoft ignores these facts, they argue that Nintendo has been successful without Call of Duty. However, Nintendo offers a different experience than both Xbox and PlayStation, as it focuses on family games that are very different from PEGI 18-rated games like Call of Duty.“
Sony’s arguments make some sense. After all, there was no mention of Nintendo in matters related to this acquisition. Usually one has to go at their own pace and watch the Xbox vs PlayStation battle. However, it’s still hard to say whether the effects will truly be as big as Sony has described. But Call of Duty is undoubtedly an important brand for him. They have worked with Activision for many years, and new games are consistently among the most played on PS4 and PS5. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.