Microsoft’s $70 billion deal to acquire Activision Blizzard is “currently going through legal processes for their approval at more than 20 regulatory commissions, such as the FTC and the European Commission,” IGN reports.
Sony’s biggest concern
Microsoft’s biggest gaming rival said Call of Duty is the only video game IP to rank in the top 10 among all entertainment brands in fans, joining powerhouses like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. The report (which was originally in Portuguese) suggests.
According to the report, Sony said that COD is “one of the biggest franchises ever with nearly 20 years of history. Furthermore, the company added that no one can replicate what COD can offer and that gaming studios can compete with the series. Cannot create title.
Sony is now concerned that the franchise is so popular that it could “influence users to choose a console platform that can run the game, and with Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision, runs the risk of the series being exclusive to Xbox.” However, Microsoft does not intend to make Call of Duty Xbox Especially since it can raise antitrust issues for the company.
Microsoft’s statement to defend the deal
The tech giant issued a 118-page notice regarding the ongoing investigation, and the company issued an indirect statement dismissing Sony’s concerns, as well as the potential risks of blocking content from appearing on other platforms.
Another report by TwistedVoxel states that Microsoft has argued that “robust and exclusive games are available from both Sony and Nintendo,” including their exclusive titles. Earlier, in 2018, IDC recognized God of War and Marvel’s Spider-Man as key Sony exclusive games, along with The Last of Us and Uncharted.
The tech giant also said that besides Activision Blizzard, only a few publishers and developers – including EA (FIFA), Take-Two/Rockstar (Grand Theft Auto) and Epic Games (Fortnite) – are capable of making AAA titles.
The Call of Duty user base has dwindled
According to a report by Metro UK, the user base for Call of Duty has dropped below 100 million. Warzone. Monthly active users of the game (MAU) has fallen below 100 million for the first time in three years.
Additionally, the report suggests that Microsoft is considering breaking the tradition of annual paid-releases. Even with free-to-play games like Fortnite and Apex Legends popular without a paid-for counterpart, it would still be a big change of strategy for the COD franchise.
The future of the COD franchise
Reportedly, Warzone is crippled by “cheats and technical issues” so Activision is developing a sequel to be called Warzone 2. It doesn’t have a release date yet but the new paid-for entry Modern Warfare 2 has been confirmed for October 28. The report mentions. Current rumors say there will be a new Black Ops game, but Activision has denied that, saying there won’t be a new release in 2023.