When we write stories or share news of the big wheelings and dealings that are happening throughout gaming, it's easy to gloss over the nuance that comes with such 4X grand strategy moves. But if we had to leverage anything about what's been happening of late, it's that Microsoft
appears to be working towards a solid goal of consolidation, while maintaining an absolutely clear line on not wanting to overtly disrupt rival ecosystems, as difficult as that might be to believe.
And today in light of that sentiment, Microsoft has addressed some of the concerns and commentary surrounding its most recent [proposed] acquisition of Activision Blizzard
, where the computing and software giant doubles down on its commitment to ensure currently-enjoyed cross-platform titles now in its care, will remain available to its rival's consumers.
The full breakdown is here
, for the business savvy out there, but one of the key points to jump out immediately was in line with what we posted above:
To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation through the term of any existing agreement with Activision. And we have committed to Sony that we will also make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love. We are also interested in taking similar steps to support Nintendo’s successful platform. We believe this is the right thing for the industry, for gamers and for our business.
So much of the commentary around the monumental deal has focused on key wording around adhering to existing contractual agreements for franchises like Call of Duty, leading many to speculate that once those agreements have been fulfilled, Microsoft will take its ball and run, leaving Sony and dedicated PlayStation owners in its proverbial dust, without the likes of Call of Duty.
However, today's in-depth post appears to quash any such notions, which may leave interpretation up to what renewed agreements look like in the future. And there's no question speculation around this will run ride. But for now, if you're a dedicated Sony person, it still looks like any Acti Blizz properties you enjoy will still feature in your ecosystem of choice.