Xbox’s Limited Offer To Keep Call of Duty On PlayStation Was “Inadequate” Says Jim Ryan
After Microsoft revealed its promising to keep the Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation “with feature and content parity, for at least several more years” in a statement to The Verge, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan chimed in on the now public deal. In a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, Ryan says Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer’s offer to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for three more years beyond Sony’s current marketing deal with Activision was “inadequate on many levels” as it doesn’t address the impact on PlayStation gamer
Ryan admits that he never intended to comment on the matter as the offer was initially a private discussion but since Spencer publicly made a statement on the behind-the-scenes business move, he feels he needs to set the record straight.
“Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle,” Ryan said in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz.
Before that, Spencer says the PlayStationoffer which includes the upcoming launch of Modern Warfare 2 on PlayStation “goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements.” The uncertain future of Call of Duty beyond Xbox’s limited-time offer follows the gaming brand’s parent company, Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion back in January.
While the deal hasn’t been finalized by all global entities as of writing, Microsoft might be getting ahead of itself and is seemingly strong-arming PlayStation with a countdown timer deal for Call of Duty on PlayStation. If this does result in Call of Duty leaving the platform, I wonder if PlayStation will retaliate in the future and try to fill in that large multiplayer void with their own similar first-person shooter with the return of Socom on PlayStation in the form of the Rebboted series.