Microsoft and Activision have had an exclusive partnership for the last several years, revolving around the former’s blockbuster first-person shooter game series. Now, though, that partnership has come to something of an abrupt end, and Microsoft had something to say about it.
According to Polygon, the end of Microsoft and Activision’s partnership over exclusive early access to DLC content for new installments of the powerhouse Call of Duty franchise has made way for Sony to fill the void, basically replacing Microsoft and the Xbox’s place with Sony and the PlayStation’s. While Microsoft wasn’t exactly surprised that Activision would be partnering with the PlayStation, their official position seems to downplay the effect that this could have on the wider Xbox platform.
Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg said,
We were expecting the announcement, obviously we have a great relationship with Activision, we have more people playing Call of Duty today on our platform than any other. And if you think about it, if you’re a shooter fan and want to play Halo and Call of Duty there’s only one box to do it on. You want to play Halo and Gears and Call of Duty. We think we’ll continue to drive a lot of sales of Call of Duty on our platform, we already have pre-orders happening now for Black Ops 3, and we’re going to support the title just like we would any other big third-party title.
Microsoft’s partnership over Call of Duty apparently ended after the release of last year’s game, Advanced Warfare, which was developed by Sledgehammer Games. The first game to be under the purview of the new partnership between Activision and Sony will be Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which will hit both old and new gen consoles, as well as PC, this coming November 6th. Call of Duty is one of the most played game franchises in the world, boasting an impressive list of in-game statistics and consistently ranking in the top-tier of video game sales.
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