And isn't interested in any sort of deal - ala the recent announcement that Microsoft is bringing Call of Duty to both Nintendo platforms and NVIDIA's GeForce NOW cloud gaming service. In fact, Sony has been suggesting to the CMA in the UK that Microsoft might intentionally leave in bugs and "errors" in the game as a way to diminish the PlayStation brand.
Yeah, and wait until you hear what PlayStation boss Jim Ryan apparently said during a recent meeting or hearing.
According to Lulu Cheng Meservey, EVP Corporate Affairs and CCO, Activision Blizzard, on February 21 in Brussels Jim Ryan, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO said, "I don’t want a new Call of Duty deal. I just want to block your merger.”
This comes after several reports that Microsoft and Xbox have offered a 10-year deal to ensure Call of Duty remains on PlayStation for the foreseeable future. Just like it did for Nintendo and NVIDIA. As per Lulu Cheng Meservey, the 10-year deal for Call of Duty on the table featured "far better terms than Sony would ever get from us [Activision Blizzard]."
As for the bugs and glitches put into Call of Duty games to hurt the PlayStation brand, it sounds a little crazy - but the idea is that Sony fears that Call of Duty would perform better on Xbox consoles.
"Microsoft might release a PlayStation version of Call of Duty where bugs and errors emerge only on the game's final level or after later updates. Even if such degradations could be swiftly detected, and remedy would likely come too late, by which time the gaming community would have lost confidence in PlayStation as the go-to venue to play Call of Duty."
As for the 10-Year deal itself, Sony isn't happy with the terms and confirms that it includes a licensing option for Call of Duty to be added to PlayStation Plus Extra with the same terms as any Call of Duty appearing on Xbox Game Pass. Sony claims that the licensing would destroy its subscription business model.
Yeah, things are getting a little crazy when it comes to Xbox acquiring Activision Blizzard.