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Recently, Microsoft revealed its offer to continue honoring the agreement Activision has in place with Sony to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation platforms. This has been information many have been waiting to have confirmed since Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard back in January.
The deal Xbox offered to keep the Call of Duty franchise, one of gaming's most popular titles, to remain on the PlayStation consoles for "at least three years" beyond its current standing contract. Microsoft considers this deal "goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements". According to a statement courtesy of GamesIndustry.biz, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan labeled the offer from Xbox to be "inadequate on many levels". He would continue.
"I hadn’t intended to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum," Ryan vented. "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."
It's interesting that Jim is implying this deal to be anti-consumer, but would not be prudent to consider the offer, ensuring that said PlayStation fans would have the series for, at the very least, the near future? Since it seems that long dormant multiplayer games under the Sony umbrella, like Killzone, SOCOM, and the recently acquired Destiny 2, following the purchase of Bungie, there could be adequate suppliments to facilitate the demand for online multiplayer, IF Sony wanted to venture into exclusives that could provide it.
Let the negotiations begin.