Remember when Activision-Blizzard said it wouldn’t be making any of its games exclusively for Xbox devices? Well, it turns out that was a lie.
Tina Summerford, the General Manager of programming and events at Xbox, recently revealed that SOME Activision-Blizzard games will become Xbox exclusives. Based on a recently released GameSpot article, we can assume that this statement applies to quote brand-new projects in development at Activision-Blizzard.
While this is a big kick in the pants to gamers that don’t own Xboxes, this decision is actually in line with Microsoft’s original plan with Activision-Blizzard. Back in February, Microsoft confirmed that it would continue to develop and release games on PlayStation and Nintendo devices. This fact is still technically true.
Microsoft has said that it will continue to make the Call of Duty series a multi-platform franchise. Plus, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said that the company would “honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Spencer had also been quoted as saying that the company’s desire is to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation devices.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard is also expected to have a big impact on Game Pass. In fact, Tina Summerford said that Microsoft wants to “put as many titles as possible from Activision-Blizzard into Game Pass.”
It’s still not clear what other games will be made exclusive for Microsoft devices, but only time will tell what the future holds for the multiplatform capabilities of Activision-Blizzard titles. At least for now, we know Call of Duty won’t be limited to just Xbox devices.