Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard buyout is sure to change the Call of Duty franchise, and alongside confirming it will stay on PlayStation, Microsoft say they want to bring the franchise to Nintendo devices.
The Call of Duty franchise has appeared on several devices over the years, including the Wii and Nintendo DS. However, recent Call of Duty titles have been kept to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.
This could all change though, as Microsoft’s shock buyout of Activision Blizzard could seriously change the franchise going forward. In both a blog post and interview with CNBC, Microsoft expressed their desire to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo devices.
PlayStation fans have been worried that Call of Duty would be removed from Sony’s platforms, similar to how the Elder Scrolls franchise has gone Xbox and PC exclusive. Microsoft have assured players that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation through any existing agreement and beyond.
Then, in an interview with CNBC, Microsoft President Brad Smith reiterated his desire to have Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard games on Nintendo. He said: “Great titles like Call of Duty from Activision Blizzard will continue to be available on the Sony PlayStation. We’d like to bring it to Nintendo devices.”
How this would work remains to be seen. Microsoft could either have a trimmed-down version of the major games arrive on Switch, or they could use the Cloud to stream the full game onto Nintendo devices. Players also said they’d like to see CoD Mobile arrive on Switch.
The deal is set to close in 2023, so we’re unlikely to know more about Call of Duty games coming to Nintendo devices until then. But stay tuned, as we’ll be sure to keep you updated if anything more is revealed.
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