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PlayStation Believes Activision Games Won’t Be Xbox Exclusive

Following on from Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard earlier this week, Sony believes that Activision games will still be multiplatform.

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A new statement from PlayStation has revealed that the company believes not all Activision games will be Xbox exclusives in the future. The comments from Sony come just days after Microsoft purchased Activision Blizzard for $68 billion USD, resulting in the biggest deal in video game history. Prior to this announcement, the biggest video game acquisition was Take-Two’s recent purchase of  Zynga for $12.7 billion USD.

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The news that Microsoft is purchasing Activation Blizzard took the gaming world by surprise earlier this week. On the deal’s completion, which is expected to be finalized in 2023, Microsoft will have ownership of several huge gaming franchises including Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Diablo. Along with these big names, Microsoft will also own King, a video game publisher most famous for the free-to-play mobile games of Candy Crush Saga. This new acquisition in itself would allow for Microsoft to push successful Activision games, such as World of Warcraft, onto a mobile format, should the company decide to develop upon this area within the gaming industry once the deal is complete.


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While the industry and game fans as a whole are now curious to see what plans Microsoft has in store for the future, Sony has made a point of reassuring gamers that despite this acquisition, it still believes that Activision games will not become Xbox exclusives. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal (via Bloomberg), a Sony spokesperson stated: “We expect that Microsoft will abide by contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are multiplatform.” This statement comes following the news that Sony’s share value plummeted by 13% on the Tokyo Stock Market overnight on Tuesday, equating to roughly $20 billion USD, as a reaction to Microsoft’s latest deal.



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While Sony still has an impressive catalog of studios and games under its umbrella, with developers such as Naughty Dog and Insomniac Games both producing IPs exclusive to PlayStation, the loss of big titles such as Call of Duty would be a real blow to PS console owners. While the most recent release within the Call of Duty series, Vanguard, has not been met with as much success as previous entries, the games still account for a large portion of video games sales on PlayStation platforms. Recent figures have shown that, across the US, CoD: Vanguard was the best-selling game on PlayStation 5 and 4 for 2021, emphasizing how much Xbox exclusivity could harm Sony.


Hopefully, for Sony, Microsoft will respect the agreements that were made prior to its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. That said, there are many out there who feel that Microsoft would not have made this deal, especially with it being one so historic, had it not foreseen some sort of Xbox console exclusivity for future Activision games. There is a chance that games could release as timed console exclusives, much like Deathloop releasing on the PlayStation 5 in 2021 despite being published by Microsoft-owned Bethesda, although this ultimately remains to be seen.

Next: Why Microsoft Should (& Shouldn’t) Have Bought Activision Blizzard


Source: Wall Street Journal (via Bloomberg)

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