Sony has responded to Microsoft’s announcement of a 10-year deal that would see Call of Duty arrive on Nintendo platforms, and they don’t sound impressed. The report comes from the journalists over at MLex (paywalled), which reveals that Sony find the Nintendo arrangement to be misleading, or “smoke and mirrors.”
According to MLex’s reporting, Sony believes that there’s a reason that Activision Blizzard hasn’t already brought the iconic shooter series over to Nintendo platforms, one which Microsoft is ignoring in their announcement. In Sony’s view, the younger audience would not receive the game well, and the Switch would also not be able to run a Call of Duty game anyway. To quote MLex and their understanding of Sony’s position, “Nintendo’s Switch could not run Call of Duty easily and may never be able to.”
With this argument, Sony is trying to suggest that Microsoft announced the 10-year Nintendo deal, as well as Valve’s Steam deal, as a means to look cooperative to the mass of regulators currently investigating the company. Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is yet to be passed in key global markets like the US and the UK. The British competition authorities are even taking a deeper dive into the case, due to concerns about the potential market domination Microsoft could have with Activision Blizzard under its belt.
Whilst Sony may believe that the Switch could never run a Call of Duty game, Phil Spencer’s initial tweet never specified which Nintendo platform this would be. The Switch is almost six years old, and it feels increasingly more likely that we could be seeing a successor to the system some time soon. With rumored DLSS functionality and 4K capabilities, a follow up to the Switch may just be able to handle a Call of Duty game.
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