Se Call of Duty whether or not it will become an Xbox exclusive when (or if) the proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft will be completed, has been a major pain point for Sony, and it is precisely this point that led to the authorities to examine the proposed agreement more closely.
Sony filed a statement with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) setting out many arguments on why the proposed acquisition will hurt competition in the industrymany of which, unsurprisingly, centered around Call of Duty and the fame of the franchise.
The gist of Sony’s argument on this specific front is that even if the PlayStation first party were able to spend “many, many years and billions of dollars” to create a “Call of Duty competitor”, it “most likely won’t would have happened”. The example that Sony cites to support its thesis? Battlefield.
Here are Sony’s statements:
Even assuming that SIE has the ability and resources to develop a successful Call of Duty-like franchise, it would take many, many years and billions of dollars to create a Call of Duty competitor and the example of EA’s Battlefield demonstrates that any such effort would most likely fail.”
Although it is obvious that Battlefield is not a fish out of water when it’s about its global reach and commercial position, there’s no denying that EA’s franchise doesn’t enjoy the same kind of success that Call of Duty gets every year. The last few weeks have demonstrated this unequivocally, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that earned $1 billion in revenue within 10 days of release and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 which amassed 25 million players in 5 days. By comparison, last year Battlefield 2042 sold over 4.2 million units in its first week.
It was recently reported that Microsoft is willing to commit to a 10-year deal con Sony per mantenere Call of Duty su PlayStation. Previously, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, had stated that the company intends to continue publishing Call of Duty on the PlayStation platforms as long as it exists, and that there would be no limits to these releases.