According to PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan, Microsoft has promised to keep Call of Duty on PlayStations for three years past the current agreement between Activision-Blizzard and Sony. But, in a recent interview with Gamesindustry.biz, Ryan stated that this offer was “inadequate on many levels.”
“I hadn’t intended to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum,” Ryan said. “Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.”
Prior to this interview, Xbox revealed it had “provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years.” Xbox believes that this offer is “well beyond typical gaming industry agreements.”
The current deal between Sony and Activision-Blizzard will see the developer publish at least three more games for PlayStations. But, clearly, Jim Ryan believes that this offer fails to consider the impact the deal would have on PlayStation gamers.
This disagreement stems from Microsoft’s proposal to buy Activision-Blizzard for almost $70 billion. At this time, the deal is being evaluated by regulatory groups, including the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority.
(All information was provided by Gamesindustry.biz)