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Phil Spencer insists: with Xbox at the helm, ‘Call of Duty’ will say goodbye to all exclusivity agreements

With the purchase of Activision Blizzard King already completed, Microsoft must now begin the arduous path of fulfilling many of the promises and expectations that were generated in the almost 2 years that have passed since the original announcement of the acquisition. AND Phil Spencerleader of Xbox and Microsoft Gaming, has taken the opportunity to highlight that one of the great objectives they pursue is that the experience with Call of Duty be equitable on all platforms where it is available.

In his most recent appearance on the official Xbox podcast, Spencer talked about achieving “100% parity” on both PC and consoles, and to put an end once and for all to exclusivity agreements. Thus, he asserted that, with Microsoft in charge, there will no longer be limited content such as skins or betas with early access for certain devices. A blow to the liver of PlayStation, without a doubt.

In this way, the executive confirmed something that he had already mentioned several months ago: that Microsoft’s intention was for both Xbox and PlayStation and other platforms to receive the best possible version of Call of Duty. Of course, now that the Activision Blizzard acquisition is complete, His words take on a stronger weight..

“For the players of Call of Duty on PlayStation and, in the future, on Nintendo, I want them to feel 100% part of the community. I don’t want them to feel like there is content they are missing, skins that they are missing, or that they must look at them from the outside for a while. That’s not the objective. The goal is to achieve 100% parity across all platforms, to the extent possible, in terms of release and content. And I say ‘to the extent possible’, because clearly some platforms have differences in resolution and frame rate based on their performance. But there is nothing more.”

Phil Spencer, on the future of ‘Call of Duty’.

Launch the best Call of Duty on all platforms

Likewise, Spencer asserted that Microsoft does not intend to use Call of Duty to boost Xbox console sales. And he maintained that the company knows first-hand what it is like not to finalize exclusivity agreements and the annoyance that this can cause in players. Therefore, the idea is to put an end to this type of treatment so that all users feel that they are part of the same thing, without differences, according to the manager.

“We’ve been on the other side of some of those deals for skins. And not even this beta (because of Modern Warfare 3) has been released on Xbox during the first week. I don’t think that helps the community, nor the game,” he explained.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Phil Spencer’s conciliatory message on Call of Duty It is not new. In fact, on several occasions It has been questioned whether it is as genuine as the manager claims.. It is a fact that Microsoft expressed from the beginning that its intention was not to convert the popular shooter war in an exclusive Xbox release. What’s more, it was Sony itself that used that argument to promote its position against the purchase of Activision Blizzard.

Of course, those from Redmond will now have to demonstrate that their proposals on the future of Call of Duty are real. A strategy that is surely under the scrutiny of both the gaming community, the rest of the industry and regulators. Even so, the Xbox leader raised again a message of unity for the coming years. “The approach is that if you are a PlayStation player, a Nintendo player, a PC player or an Xbox player, I want you to feel 100% part of the nation of Call of Duty“he indicated.

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