The possibility of Call of Duty releasing exclusively on Xbox consoles sometime in the future could represent a “huge opportunity” for the Battlefield franchise.
This was reported by Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, during a Goldman Sachs event (via SeekingAlpha). “In a world where there may be questions about the future of Call of Duty and what platforms the franchise will be on, it’s a huge opportunity to be completely cross-platform with Battlefield.”
Microsoft has previously announced its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard, the publisher of the Call of Duty franchise. While watchdogs in several countries analyze the acquisition to determine whether a monopoly position can arise before the acquisition is approved, both Microsoft and Sony have spoken out about the possible exclusivity of Call of Duty.
Sony reports: “This deal has major negative implications for gamers and the future of the game industry, as Microsoft would gain ownership of Activision games such as Call of Duty. We want to ensure that PlayStation gamers get a gaming experience of the continue to get the highest quality.”
Microsoft responded by saying, “It’s totally illogical for Microsoft to ban Call of Duty from PlayStation given the console’s leading position.” The company has stated several times that it wants to continue to release Call of Duty on multiple platforms.