Following the big news that Microsoft will acquire Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion, speculation went wild. Now, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed Microsoft will honor existing agreements with Sony.
“Had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation,” Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said in a tweet.
He added, “Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship.”
The news that Microsoft will acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion set the industry ablaze – the deal won’t be finalized until the fiscal year ending on June 30th, 2023.
While Phil Spencer is now saying Microsoft will honor existing agreements with Sony, the same thing was said of their existing agreements with Bethesda games (they also bought Bethesda) that had contractual exclusivity on PlayStation.
Later, Microsoft confirmed future Bethesda games like Starfield will be exclusive to PC and Xbox platforms – so it remains to be seen how long they’ll wait before they probably make all future Activision games exclusive to PC and Xbox.
Despite fans being upset that Bethesda game will no longer be on PlayStation, Bethesda boss Pete Hines previously said “I totally understand if you are unhappy or pissed or whatever, like I get it, those are all real feelings and frustrations” but said “if you want to play Starfield, PC and Xbox.”
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