Activision Blizzard: Phil Spencer explains how he plans to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch
Phil Spencer has explained in an interview how he wants to try to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch.
Just yesterday we reported that Microsoft, in a successful acquisition of Activision Blizzard, has entered into a ten-year commitment with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch console.
In an interview with the Washington Post Additionally, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer revealed that a future Call of Duty game would likely be one of the first games in the franchise to come to the Switch, although Spencer said the entire existing portfolio would need to be examined in order to to see what games could be brought to the Switch.
In addition, the Call of Duty developers have already been informed of Phil Spencer’s plans, which will adjust plans for the development of future Call of Duty games once the acquisition is completed.
Phil Spencer stated, “You can imagine that if the merger closes in June 2023, it would take a little time before we can start development unless it’s blocked by regulators,” Spencer said. “Once we get into the rhythm, our plan would be that if [ein Call of Duty-Spiel] coming out on PlayStation, Xbox and PC, it will also be available on Nintendo at the same time.”
Accordingly, the developers will have to invest some extra work in order to get Call of Duty to run properly on the Nintendo Switch. But this is completely normal and Microsoft is already doing it with existing games like Minecraft when it is released for the Switch or PlayStation.
“We’re doing this with Minecraft as well, where we’re doing specific work to ensure the game runs well on the Nintendo Switch and their silicon and have their platform fully supported,” Spencer said. “We’ll do the same when shipping on the PlayStation 5.”
Also, Phil Spencer revealed that Sony is reluctant to sit down at the table with Microsoft and went on to say that PlayStation officials prefer to debate with regulators rather than create a possible win-win situation. In addition, Microsoft believes that the Activision Blizzard deal is beneficial to competition and consumers.
Almost at the same time, Gabe Newell, who has also received a ten-year commitment contract for Steam, spoke up. Meanwhile, in the US, the FTC could soon approve the Activision Blizzard acquisition with concessions from Microsoft. In any case, the recommendation should be published in mid-December.