Sony doesn’t sound very happy with the idea of Microsoft owning Call of Duty. In fact, Sony flat out believes that Microsoft owning the franchise could influence consumers to buy more Xboxes instead of PlayStations. This comes after a regulatory filing with the Brazilian government gave us an idea as to how Sony feels about Microsoft acquiring Activision-Blizzard for almost $70 billion.
While most of the filing talks about the current state of triple-A game development, some portions of the document highlight the importance that Call of Duty plays in the success of PlayStations.
In the questionnaire that Sony answered in 2019, the company called Call of Duty “an essential game: a blockbuster, a triple A-type game that has no rival.” The filing continues by saying “the importance of Call of Duty to entertainment, in general, is indescribable. The brand was the only video game IP to break into the top ten of all entertainment brands among fans.”
Sony added that players would “be unlikely to switch to alternative games, as they would lose that familiarity, those skills, and even, the friends they made playing the Call of Duty games.”
While Sony’s concerns are justifiable, it doesn’t sound like Call of Duty is being removed from PlayStation consoles. As a matter of fact, Microsoft’s head of gaming stated that the company still intends to keep the series on PlayStation platforms, even after the acquisition deal is completed.
Only time will tell if Microsoft ends up staying true to its word.