Sony says Battlefield “can’t keep up” with Call of Duty

The company’s defense against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard will reveal the total sales of the two franchises

One of Sony’s biggest concerns Microsoft buys Activision Blizzard This is what the Call of Duty franchise looks like on PlayStation. The UK’s negotiating body has published Sony’s arguments against the takeover. In the document, the Japanese company reveals that there is no other franchise that can compete with Call of Duty.

Activision Blizzard’s biggest (and perhaps only) direct competitor to the franchise is Battlefield, which hasn’t been doing well since its last title, Battlefield 2042. According to Sony, The Electronic Arts franchise has sold 88.7 million copiesA number that does not even reach the feet More than 400 million Call of Duty units have been sold.

“Call of Duty is too well established for any competitor, no matter how well equipped, to catch up. It’s been the best-selling game nearly every year for the past decade, and, in the first-person shooter genre, the best-selling. Absolutely,” Sony said. in the document.

The PlayStation owner continues to defend itself, saying that even Electronic Arts, one of the biggest third-party developers after Activision, has tried to separate the Call of Duty rival with its Battlefield series for years.

“Despite the similarities between Call of Duty and Battlefield, and despite EA’s history of creating successful AAA franchises, the Battlefield franchise cannot continue. As of August 2021, Call of Duty has sold over 400 million copies, while Battlefield is only 88.7.” A million copies,” Sony adds.

PlayStation 6 without Call of Duty?

Another concern that Sony makes clear in the document is the absence of the Call of Duty franchise on the next PlayStation, as Microsoft promises to keep the series on the rival console until 2027, the year that will end the life cycle of the current generation. The document even mentions when the alleged “PlayStation 6” will arrive, but the information has been deleted.

“Even assuming that SIE (Sony Interactive Entertainment) had the skills and resources to develop a successful franchise like Call of Duty, it would take many, many years and billions of dollars to create something that challenges Call of Duty – and for example . EA’s Battlefield shows that any attempt will fail,” Sony said.

This situation is far from over, and we should see more of Sony’s defense against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. So far, the process has only been approved in Brazil and Saudi Arabia.

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