Call Of Duty can be day one on PS Plus and streaming says Microsoft

If Xbox buys Activision Blizzard then Call Of Duty could be free on both Game Pass and PS Plus from day one, but Sony says there’s catch…

The current theory is that the EU is not going to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, after the console manufacturer offered additional concessions to ensure they don’t buy themselves too much of an advantage over Sony.

An official announcement from the EU is not due until April but Microsoft has confirmed that if it does buy Activision then it will allow Sony to put Call Of Duty games on PlayStation Plus from day one, just like Game Pass.

However, Sony will have to pay for that and although no figures have been released they’re implying that the fees are exorbitantly expensive.

How much it will cost Sony is not something Microsoft has talked about but in a new statement it has reiterated that it is willing to sign a 10 year contract to keep Call Of Duty multiformat.

At the same time it insists that the ‘release date, content, features, upgrades, quality, and playability’ will be kept exactly the same on the PlayStation 4, 5, and any future PlayStation consoles.

They also claim they can get Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone running natively (i.e. not via streaming) on the Nintendo Switch, although that seems very unlikely from a technical perspective.

Sony’s statement on the matter claims that Microsoft’s deal is not nearly as generous as it seems, and that because it gets to choose the size of the licensing fees it could simply make it too expensive for Sony to have Call Of Duty on PlayStation Plus.

The statement is heavily redacted, so it’s not clear whether Microsoft has mentioned a figure yet or not to Sony, but Microsoft has said they’re willing for a third party assessor to be appointed, to make sure that it does not shirk its commitments over the next 10 years.

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