Sony expects Microsoft to abide by contracts and keep Activision titles multiplatform

This week the gaming industry was rocked by the news that Microsoft is planning to acquire the toxic culture-filled Activision Blizzard studio. While an official bid has yet to be approved by regulators, the prospect of Activision Blizzard titles joining the Microsoft stable is an interesting one, with several permutations.

It is likely why Sony has outlined its thoughts on the matter, with a spokesperson informing the Wall Street Journal (paywall) that it still expects to have access to Activision titles once a deal between the aforementioned parties is agreed.

“We expect that Microsoft will abide by contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are multiplatform,” the spokesperson told the publication.

“Activision Blizzard games are enjoyed on a variety of platforms and we plan to continue to support those communities moving forward,” added Microsoft Gaming head Phil Spencer earlier in the week.

While it is likely that Microsoft will indeed abide by existing contracts, the precise scope of the agreements is unknown. As such, Microsoft may choose to publish across multiple platforms for current projects or those soon-to-be-released, but the agreement could very well change down the line.

We have already seen an example of Microsoft’s desire to adhere to contracts, with last year’s Deathloop remaining a PS5 exclusive despite the company acquiring developer Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax before the game’s release.

In the more immediate term, Sony is likely thinking about a specific Activision franchise in the form of Call of Duty, which was one of the most popular titles for the PlayStation ecosystem last year.

With Sony’s hands tied when it comes to what happens post a deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, it would not be an over exaggeration to say that the gaming landscape would change significantly.

All of this, however, is contingent upon regulators and competition commissions green lighting the deal, especially as Microsoft has been on a tear in terms of acquiring gaming studios, developers and publishers of late.




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