One of Sony’s biggest concerns with the Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard This is what the Call of Duty franchise looks like on PlayStation. The body in charge of evaluating the negotiation in the United Kingdom released Sony’s arguments against the purchase. In the document, the Japanese company makes it clear that there is no other franchise that can compete with Call of Duty.
The biggest (and perhaps the only) direct rival of the Activision Blizzard franchise is Battlefield, which is not doing well with the latest released title, Battlefield 2042. According to Sony, the Electronic Arts franchise has sold 88.7 million copiesa number that does not even reach the feet of over 400 million Call of Duty units sold.
“Call of Duty is too well established for any rival, no matter how well-equipped, to catch up. It’s been the best-selling game nearly every year for the past decade and, in the first-person shooter genre, it’s The most sold”. overwhelmingly sold,” Sony said in the document.
The PlayStation owner continues to defend herself, saying that even “Electronic Arts, one of the largest third-party developers after Activision, tried for many years to produce a rival to Call of Duty with its Battlefield series.”
“Despite the similarities between Call of Duty and Battlefield, and despite EA’s track record of creating successful AAA franchises, the Battlefield franchise doesn’t keep up. As of August 2021, more than 400 million copies of Call of Duty have been sold. of Duty, while Battlefield only sold 88.7 million copies”, complements Sony.
PlayStation 6 without Call of Duty?
Another of the concerns that Sony makes clear in the document is not having the Call of Duty franchise on its next PlayStation, since Microsoft’s promise is to keep the series on the rival console until 2027, the year in which the life cycle ends. of the current generation. The document even says when the supposed “PlayStation 6” should arrive, but the information is erased.
“Even assuming SIE (Sony Interactive Entertainment) had the skills and resources to develop a successful Call of Duty-like franchise, it would take many, many years and billions of dollars to create something that challenges Call of Duty, and EA’s Battlefield example shows that any effort would be more than fruitless,” Sony said.
This situation still needs to go further and we should see more of Sony’s defense against Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard. So far, the process has only been approved in Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
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