Microsoft commits to 10 years of Call of Duty on Nintendo
This could bring Call of Duty back to Nintendo consoles for the first time in a decade.
UPDATE 2/21/2023: Microsoft President Brad Smith confirmed on Twitter that Microsoft and Nintendo have signed a contract promising to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles for 10 years. Games will release on Nintendo the same day as Xbox and include all of the same content. This is an effort to defend its purchase of Activision Blizzard as the FTC attempts to block the deal.
Microsoft revealed it will fully support Nintendo consoles with Call of Duty games for 10 years this week.
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, shared news of the company’s new commitment on Twitter. In addition to Nintendo, Microsoft committed to offering Call of Duty to PC gamers through Steam in the future.
The last time Call of Duty was available on a Nintendo console was in 2013. Call of Duty: Ghosts launched on the Wii U alongside Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.
Since then, Nintendo gamers haven’t been able to join the Call of Duty community.
But that could all change if regulators approve Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The acquisition is currently under review by regulators in the United States and Europe.
Xbox already addressed previous concerns about the Call of Duty franchise leaving PlayStation consoles once the deal is done.
The company recently committed to 10 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles.
It is believed that the PlayStation and Nintendo announcements are meant to appease regulators. While we don’t know exactly if these commitments will make regulators happy, it certainly helps Xbox’s case.
Xbox could make a major power play if it limited Activision Blizzard games to Xbox consoles after the acquisition. But for now, it doesn’t look like that’s Xbox’s plan for the future.
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