Despite Microsoft’s proposed multibillion-dollar acquisition of video game giant Activision Blizzard being announced earlier this week, Sony does not anticipate the newly acquired titles to become Xbox exclusives, according to a Sony official who talked to The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. The Call of Duty series, which is produced by Activision Blizzard, is one of the most popular games on Sony’s PlayStation. Microsoft will be bound by contractual commitments, according to the Sony representative.
Microsoft said on Tuesday that it will buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in a deal that will finish in the company’s fiscal year 2023. Microsoft will become the third-largest gaming corporation by revenue as a result of the transaction, which will put famous games like Candy Crush, Warcraft, Overwatch, and Call of Duty under its control.
“Activision Blizzard games are appreciated on a range of platforms, and we expect to continue to support those communities moving forward,” Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said in a statement on Tuesday. When the purchase is done, Spencer will be in charge of Activision Blizzard.
In a tweet on Thursday, Spencer elaborated on the intentions for Activision Blizzard titles on Sony systems.
“Upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard, I affirmed our plan to uphold all current agreements, as well as our intention to preserve Call of Duty on PlayStation,” he tweeted. “We respect our partnership with Sony since it is an important element of our industry.”