Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan said Microsoft’s proposal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles is “inadequate on many levels.”
Last week, Microsoft revealed its plans for Call of Duty following its acquisition $68.7 billion (~$371 billion) be completed. The deal was announced in January and is the largest in the tech industry to date.
In an official statement, Xbox CEO Phil Spencer said he would keep the franchise for many years on its rival’s console, even after Sony’s contract with Activision ended.
During this time, Call of Duty games for PlayStation would launch on the same day and with the same Xbox content, a proposition that goes beyond game industry deals.
However, in a new interview with the GamesIndustry.biz website, Jim Ryan expressed his discomfort and displeasure with Microsoft’s proposal.
I wasn’t going to comment on what I thought was a private business meeting, but I feel the need to talk about this case because Phil Spencer brought it to the public. Microsoft has offered to extend Call of Duty on PlayStation for another three years following the end of Sony’s contract agreement with Activision.
After nearly 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to understand the impact it would have on our players. We want to ensure that PlayStation users have the best Call of Duty experience, but Microsoft’s proposal hinders that goal.”
A few months ago, Bloomberg reported that Activision was contractually obligated to release three more Call of Duty games for the PlayStation. Among them will be Modern Warfare 2, Warzone 2 and a new game in the Black Ops franchise, which is not due out until 2024.
Previously, Sony took a stand against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, fearing the exclusivity of Call of Duty on Xbox consoles.
Currently, several regulatory bodies around the world are considering Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, with Saudi Arabia being the first country to recognize the deal. However, the UK has asked for more information and is seeking assurances that Microsoft will not use its control over the Call of Duty franchise to harm competitors.
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