Now the purchase of Activison Blizzard On Microsoft’s part, it has done a 360-degree turn, involving a third company, if possible, but in a good way. It turns out that Microsoft and Nintendo have agreed to carry call of duty and other games to Ninty consoles. Sources and analysts imply that the deal could continue smoothly once the deal takes effect, if all goes well.
The deal was announced via Microsoft Vice President Brad Smith’s Twitter account. It consists of carrying call of duty to Nintendo gamers the same day as Xbox. In addition, said binding agreement will last at least 10 years and will allow Nintendo players to enjoy call of duty in the same way that Xbox and PlayStation users do in terms of features and content. According to the tweet, he also implies that this won’t be the only game Microsoft will share when he tweeted: “We have now signed a binding 10-year contract to bring Xbox games to Nintendo gamers.” His use of the keywords “Xbox games” implies that there will be other titles in the future.
While no other specific titles were mentioned, previously, Microsoft said that it did not plan to remove cross-platform games from other consoles. He had already promised to let PlayStation owners enjoy call of duty amidst Sony’s strong pushback against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Microsoft may be interested in keeping that promise to enable better connectivity for all consoles within the gaming space.
This announcement is good news for Nintendo fans who haven’t had a Call of Duty game for a long time. The last game to come out of the war series was Call of Duty: Ghosts for Wii U in 2013. Now, this legally binding contract with Nintendo forces Microsoft to make sure they keep their word to avoid any problems.
It would be interesting if things take another turn later on and Xbox gamers can enjoy Nintendo games. For now, Sony continues to push Microsoft, and the company may be right that the Xbox ecosystem may end up monopolizing things in the future. Either way, Brad Smith’s statement sounds like a good statement of bridges being built for at least two of the companies to share assets.
We’ve now signed a binding 10-year contract to bring Xbox games to Nintendo’s gamers. This is just part of our commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms. pic.twitter.com/JmO0hzw1BO
—Brad Smith (@BradSmi) February 21, 2023