January 29, 2023

Microsoft makes ’10-year commitment’ to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles

Following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has officially entered into a “10-year commitment” to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer shared the news on Twitter, confirming that Microsoft will continue to offer Call of Duty titles on Steam even after the deal ends.

The last time a major Call of Duty title was on a Nintendo console was 2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts, which made its way to the Wii U. Since then, Nintendo franchises have fallen behind when it comes to sales. Sports owners of all time.

In October 2022, Spencer stated that he wanted to see Call of Duty on Switch and that Xbox’s goal was to “treat Call of Duty like Minecraft”. Now it looks like that plan is in motion.

The news comes at a time when many eyes are on Microsoft and Activision’s Blizzard deal, and many are focusing on what the merger means for the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation. Spencer said Call of Duty will ship on PlayStation until the PlayStation ships, and reports have surfaced that Microsoft will hold Sony to a similar 10-year deal on the platform.

Call of Duty is one of the most popular titles in this deal, as few are concerned about it and other similar AAA titles being locked onto the same platform that would lower benchmarks. Microsoft has denied these claims, and many of its comments have come out publicly.

“We will continue to pursue Sony and Tencent in the market after the deal closes, and Activision and Xbox together will benefit gamers and developers and make the industry more competitive,” Microsoft spokesman David Goody said.

Microsoft and Activision’s Blizzard deal is currently under review by the FTC and regulators in Europe and the UK. The two sides have until July 2023 to complete the deal or face renegotiation of the deal.

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Adam Pankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst And on traction.