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Sony tells UK regulator Call of Duty players will switch to Xbox for exclusive features

Published: 12:04, 12 October 2022
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Sony are basically asking CMA to stop Xbox from doing what Sony have being doing for years
Sony are basically asking CMA to stop Xbox from doing what Sony have being doing for years

Sony has told the UK regulator CMA that Call of Duty players will switch to Xbox consoles, even if the shooter stays on PlayStation. 

The Japanese publisher told UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that Call of Duty players are likely to switch to Xbox even if the series remains on PlayStation , because of the potential exclusive features and benefits that might become available on Xbox Series X|S and future Xbox consoles. 

Of course, this would be a perfectly good point if it wasn't for the countless PlayStation-exclusive features for Call of Duty games, including even full-fledged game modes that were not available on any other platform. 

The upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 had an early access exclusive beta for PlayStation players and there's also exclusive in-game content in the form of DLC for those who play on PlayStation. 

The image below also shows some previous deals for games like Call of Duty Vanguard, which had exclusive benefits that were not available on other platforms. 

We have to say that it's really hypocritical of Sony to ask CMA to prevent Xbox from doing similar deals once they acquire ActivsionBlizzard given that Sony have been doing similar deals for years. 

Sony/Activision Call of Duty players on PlayStation get to play beta earlier than players on other platforms and receive special modes and cosmetics Call of Duty players on PlayStation get to play beta earlier than players on other platforms and receive special modes and cosmetics

Microsoft Gaming boss Phil Spencer promised to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation and release the same version of the game on both consoles but it looks like PlayStation are not buying it and want to stop this acquisition from happening at all cost.

It's not surprising to see Sony so aggressive, to be honest. Call of Duty franchise brings in a ton of money to platform holders thanks to its massive player count and rich live service content. On top of this, it's the greatest shooter franchise in the world so losing potential partnerships and marketing deals for the game would certainly hurt.

Microsoft expect to close the Activision Blizzard acquisition sometime in the first half of 2023. 

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