Microsoft confirm Call of Duty is coming to Nintendo Switch in “binding 10-year agreement”

Liam Mackay
Modern Warfare 2's Ghost and Nintendo Switch logo

As Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard continues, the Xbox developer has signed a “binding 10-year legal agreement” that brings Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch on the same day as Xbox.

Back in January 2022, Microsoft announced their shock Activision Blizzard buyout, looking to bring titles such as Call of Duty and King’s huge mobile gaming catalog under the Xbox banner.

The acquisition has been met with resistance from Sony and worldwide government regulators, but the deal is still expected to go through in the Summer of 2023 — pending approval.

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Microsoft have been adamant in their claim that Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation, and even revealed plans to bring CoD to the Nintendo Switch. Microsoft have now confirmed that they’ve officially agreed to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch.

Brad Smith, the Vice Chair and President of Microsoft, confirmed on February 21, 2023, that “Microsoft and Nintendo have now negotiated and signed a binding 10-year legal agreement to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo players.”

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CoD will arrive on “the same day as Xbox” with feature and content parity, letting Nintendo players experience the same game as PlayStation and Xbox.

There are still a few questions left unanswered, though. It’s still unclear when Call of Duty could arrive on Nintendo as the acquisition hasn’t gone through yet. And in what form will CoD arrive? Developing CoD for Switch will likely be a resource-heavy undertaking.

This opens up the possibility that more of Xbox’s catalog will make its way to the Nintendo Switch but we’ll have to wait for more details.

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Amid concerns that Microsoft will take Call of Duty away from PlayStation, we’ll need to wait and see how this affects the deal going forward.

Image Credit: Activision / Nintendo Switch

About The Author

Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].