Xbox Head Phil Spencer Confirms That Call of Duty Will Stay on PlayStation; Open for Long Commitment With Sony
Xbox’s Phil Spencer says that Call of Duty titles are going to stay on PlayStation consoles.
Speaking to The Verge, Spencer said that he is not planning to pull the rug from under Sony’s feet. He says that there is no contract both companies can write that says Call of Duty will forever be on PlayStation consoles.
“It’s not about at some point I pull the rug underneath PlayStation 7’s legs, and it’s ‘ahaha you just didn’t write the contract long enough,’” he told the outlet. “There’s no contract that could be written that says forever.”
Spencer also added that he has no issue with writing a long-term contract that will make both Sony and regulators happy.
“This idea that we would write a contract that says the word ‘forever’ in it, I think, is a little bit silly, but to make a longer-term commitment that Sony would be comfortable with, regulators would be comfortable with, I have no issue with that at all,” Spencer said.
Spencer previously said that should Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard go through; the company will ship Call of Duty games on PlayStation as long as Sony’s consoles exist.
“We’re not taking Call of Duty from PlayStation. That’s not our intent. Our intent is not to do that and as long as there’s a PlayStation out there to ship to, our intent is that we’ll continue to ship Call of Duty on PlayStation. Similar to what we’ve done with Minecraft since we owned that,” Spencer told the Same Brain YouTube channel.
This comes after PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan said earlier this year that Microsoft’s contract only offered three additional years for the Call of Duty franchise on the platform.