As part of Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, Sony has attempted to throw another hurdle on the seemingly endless road of complaints.
Sony worries that if Microsoft successfully acquires Activision Blizzard, it will have too firm a grip on the industry. If the acquisition is successful, Call of Duty, Diablo and other games will be exclusive to Xbox.
Microsoft has already successfully acquired Bethesda, which came with a host of first-party titles, all of which are eligible for Xbox Game Pass. This means that Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Dishonored, and more are all Green Brand-owned franchises. Furthermore, it also means that the next Starfield, Redfall and The Elder Scrolls VI, as well as the next Fallout game, are unlikely to come to PlayStation. This, in turn, Sony apparently has a big problem with.
As reported by The GamerIn recent documents provided to the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Sony said: “Microsoft’s conduct in connection with the ZeniMax acquisition provides additional evidence as to why a behavioral commitment should be approached with caution. .”
The document also mentioned that Microsoft had promised investors that it would not “intends to pull all Bethesda content off competing platformsBefore Microsoft acquired Bethesda in a deal said to be worth $7.5 billion, the likes of The Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield, Redfall, and the upcoming Fallout would have made their way to PlayStation, as well as PC and Xbox. Obviously, that will no longer be the case.
In June 2021, Bethesda’s SVP of Marketing and Communications Pete Hines apologized to disappointed PlayStation fans that Starfield won’t be coming to PS5.