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PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has hit out at Xbox’s future plans for the Call of Duty series pending the successful completion of Microsoft’s purchase of Activision for $68.7 billion USD.
Last week, Xbox head Phil Spencer released a statement in response to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority on the deal, with particular attention paid to Call of Duty.
At the time, Spencer claimed that “We are committed to making the same version of Call of Duty available on PlayStation on the same day the game launches elsewhere.”
However, responding via statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Ryan revealed the following. “Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends.”
He continued “After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.”
“I hadn’t intended to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion,” Ryan revealed. “But I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum”
During Spencer’s original comments last week, the Xbox boss also revealed the company’s intent to bring Call of Duty, as well as Overwatch and Diablo, to Xbox Game Pass, should the deal go ahead.
It certainly seems like Call of Duty’s multiformat future could be a big sticking point – and with Modern Warfare 2 just around the corner (and a Call of Duty Next event followed by the beta next week), it seems like the drama behind the scenes is going to be just as hot a battleground as those found in the game.
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