Following Microsoft's announcements that Call of Duty will be on Switch over the next ten years, Sony have reportedly responded by saying the deal is meaningless as Switch has a younger audience that doesn't care about first-person shooters.
Sony have allegedly responded to Microsoft' s announcement of a ten-year deal with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty games to Switch. As reported by Idas on ResetEra , MLex's new internal report reveals that Sony think Microsoft's Call of Duty deal with Nintendo is misleading.
Sony criticised the deal, saying it's all "smoke and mirrors" and that Activision Blizzard could release Call of Duty on Nintendo today, but they choose not to, "because Nintendo's younger audience is not interested in the first-person shooter".
They added that the last Call of Duty on Switch, which was Call of Duty: Ghosts, was a commercial flop hence Activision Blizzard's reluctance to release more Call of Duty games on Nintendo's platforms.
Sony also offered a comment on the technical aspect of Call of Duty on Switch, stating that Switch "could not run Call of Duty easily and may never be able to" and that it could take years to develop Call of Duty for Switch, making the ten-year deal meaningless.
Furthermore, the Japanese tech giant think that the licencing agreement between Nintendo and Microsoft is designed to make Microsoft look cooperative with regulators.
They also had a slight dig at Nintendo for agreeing to the deal, saying It is "easier for Nintendo to enter into such an agreement" as they don't "need to worry about equal treatment for its subscription service or cloud gaming service as those are not areas where it currently competes aggressively".
Keep in mind that this is not Sony's official public statement on the matter. It's a report coming from MLex, who call such insights "facts, arguments or data that parties involved in a transaction are sharing internally with regulators during the review process" as per Idas.
These are probably what Sony shared with regulators as feedback from the announcements that Microsoft did earlier this week.
- Days Gone director blames poor reviews on bugs and "woke reviewers"
- Sony say Microsoft only offered to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation until 2027
- Gran Turismo 7 could be coming to PC in the near future
- Jim Ryan says players will no longer have choices if Microsoft buys Activision
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