MICROSOFT has announced that Call of Duty will not become an Xbox exclusive game.
This is great news for PlayStation and Nintendo users who were worried that Microsoft’s acquisition of Call of Duty’s developer would stop their access to the game.
Some gamers have taken to social media to tease Xbox users about the decision.
One person tweeted: “Xbox fanboys about to have a meltdown over this.”
Another joked: “LOL! Imagine spending $70B to not make the games exclusive.”
Another added: “All that bragging from xbots for nothing”.
However, a lot of Xbox fans have hit back and said they expected this decision all along.
Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, said in a statement: “To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation through the term of any existing agreement with Activision.
“And we have committed to Sony that we will also make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love.”
He also confirmed that steps would be taken to support “Nintendo’s successful platform”.
Microsoft hasn’t yet committed to making any new Activision Blizzard games available for PlayStation and Nintendo users.
The tech giant is buying video game publisher Activision for a staggering $68.7billion (£50.4billion).
Microsoft has big plans to develop a Facebook-style metaverse and says its growing gaming section will play a key role in this.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella previously said in a statement: “Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms.
“We’re investing deeply in world-class content, community and the cloud to usher in a new era of gaming that puts players and creators first and makes gaming safe, inclusive and accessible to all.”
The purchase is Microsoft’s biggest purchase to date and is thought to be the biggest gaming acquisition ever.
The deal means many of Activision’s games will be added to Xbox Game Pass.
Activision is also behind popular games like World of Warcraft and Diablo.
Candy Crush and Overwatch are its other big titles along with the many Call of Duty games.
The final acquisition hasn’t happened yet but when it does all those games will belong to Microsoft.
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