Microsoft will be acquiring Activision for close to $69 billion. That means that Activision’s games will become exclusive to Xbox if this deal goes through and that includes the Call of Duty series.
Call of Duty series including WarZone, Modern Warfare, and Cold War boast of having 113 million players worldwide and this deal would have people switch from Sony’s Playstation consoles to Xbox consoles.
However, Microsoft has said that it will honour Activision’s existing agreements with Sony and let the publication’s upcoming Call of Duty titles be playable on the PlayStation. The three titles include a new Call of Duty: Warzone, new Modern Warfare and Call of Duty game from Treyarch.
It is still unknown if Microsoft will want to keep the Call of Duty series exclusive only to Xbox. Starfield became Xbox and PC exclusive after the tech giant acquired the creators of the game, Bethesda while Minecraft remained playable across various platforms.
Call of Duty players won’t have to purchase the new Xbox Series X to play their favourite titles for now. But this could change if the deal closes during Microsoft’s 2023 fiscal year(July 1st 2022 – June 30th 2023)