UPDATE 5pm UK: In a statement to Eurogamer, a Microsoft spokesperson addressed Sony’s statement: “Given its market-leading console position, it makes no business sense for Microsoft to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation.”
ORIGINAL STORY 16.45 UK: Sony said it “welcomes the announcement” that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority will further investigate Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
in his statement to GamesIndustry.BizThe platform owner said that “by giving Microsoft control over Activision games like Call of Duty, this deal will have major negative implications for gamers and the future of the gaming industry.”
“We want to ensure that PlayStation players continue to have the highest quality gaming experience,” Sony continued, “and we appreciate the CMA’s focus on player protection.”
At the beginning of the month The CMA has announced that it will upgrade Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard to “Stage 2”, meaning the regulator will now carry out a deeper investigation into the market implications of the acquisition.
CMA listed several reasons for its decision, but chief among them was the value of the Call of Duty franchise in console sales.
Concerns have reportedly been expressed that Microsoft could make Call of Duty an Xbox-exclusive title in the future, which could seriously hurt future PlayStation sales.
Microsoft has promised to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for “a few more years”, however PlayStation’s Jim Ryan hitback said it was “inadequate on many levels”.
In the end, only one side of this argument will be happy, and we still have some time to find out which one.