Title: Microsoft’s Acquisition of Activision Blizzard Sparks Controversy Among Fans
Subtitle: Call of Duty to Remain Multiplatform; Concerns Raised over Exclusion of Other Popular Franchises
In a move that has left some fans feeling aggrieved, Microsoft has recently acquired gaming giant Activision Blizzard. The decision was heavily influenced by the resounding success of the Call of Duty series, which played a significant role in Microsoft’s acquisition strategy.
To reassure fans, Microsoft has assured that the highly popular Call of Duty franchise will continue to be available on multiple platforms. Furthermore, rumors suggest that even Nintendo has been offered an exclusive 10-year deal to host the game on their consoles.
However, concerns have been raised by Sony and its fan base regarding the possibility of Microsoft limiting Call of Duty’s availability on PlayStation platforms in the future. Though these concerns have yet to materialize, Sony’s unease is understandable as historical precedents in the gaming industry have seen exclusivity deals rearranged following major acquisitions.
Microsoft has faced numerous obstacles in its quest to finalize the acquisition. The US and UK market regulators initially posed significant roadblocks to the deal. However, in a recent victory for Microsoft, it emerged triumphantly from a court battle against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), clearing the path for the acquisition.
In a bid to further appease fans and allay fears of exclusivity, Xbox head honcho Phil Spencer announced that a binding deal has been signed with PlayStation to safeguard Call of Duty’s availability on the platform. This deal aims to ensure that the game remains accessible to PlayStation users, assuaging concerns about its potential removal.
However, the details of the agreement have left some fans disappointed. The statement did not explicitly mention whether other popular Activision franchises or Bethesda titles were included in the deal. Reddit threads were flooded with expressions of frustration and disappointment, with fans raising concerns over the exclusion of beloved games like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Diablo, and Elder Scrolls.
With a minimum word count, this concise news article highlights Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the multiplatform availability of Call of Duty, concerns raised by Sony, regulatory hurdles faced by Microsoft, the binding deal signed with PlayStation to ensure Call of Duty remains on the platform, and fans’ disappointment over the omission of other popular franchises from the agreement.
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