Activision Blizzard states that has no intention of removing games published on other platforms once its acquisition by Microsoft is formalized. Far from what it might seem on the surface, the purchase could face certain monopoly legal obstacles and there is great uncertainty on the part of those users of PlayStation and Nintendo despite the reassuring words of Phil Spencer. For now, it seems that all Activision titles that have been published prior to the agreement will not be withdrawn from any platform, although there is still uncertainty about how exclusivities will be managed.
“We will honor all existing commitments after closing. As with Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft, we have no intention of removing any content from the platforms where it exists today“, explained Activision Blizzard in an FAQ posted by employees and submitted to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. However, how will some of the most successful and popular franchises in the industry like Call of Duty or even Crash Bandicoot it remains a mystery. For its part, Sony expects Microsoft to keep Activision Blizzard’s titles cross-platform on its consoles.
The effects of the purchase of Activision in Sony
Sony is one of the companies that could have been most affected by this purchase, which has been the largest ever made by Microsoft. In addition to the unknown as to whether the Activision Blizzard titles will land on both PS4 and PS5 in the future, it was reported yesterday that the company dropped $20 billion on the stock market by agreement between Microsoft and Activision. On the other hand, Microsoft will take advantage of this purchase to promote video games for mobile devices and add more titles to the already complete catalog offered by Xbox Game Pass.