Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, has now confirmed the company’s 10-year commitment to release Call of Duty on Nintendo devices “the same day as Xbox, with complete feature and content parity.”
According to Smith’s tweet announcing the partnership, “[Microsoft’s] commitment to deliver Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more people on more platforms” is a result of this new agreement.
Microsoft claims that under the terms of the agreement, Nintendo users will be able to “experience Call of Duty exactly like Xbox and PlayStation players enjoy Call of Duty.”
Call of Duty will launch on Nintendo platforms in December 2022, per a 10-year agreement, Microsoft previously disclosed. A formal and legally binding agreement seems to have been reached today.
North American and European opposition to Microsoft’s massive US$68.7 billion takeover transaction, announced in January 2022, has been growing. Concerned that the merger would “harm competition in high-performance gaming consoles and subscription services by limiting or degrading competitors’ access to its popular content,” the US Federal Trade Commission said in December that it would attempt to prevent the acquisition.