Sony says that Microsoft’s latest offer to bring the Call of Duty franchise to Sony’s gaming hardware would hurt competition and new ideas in the gaming industry in a way that can’t be fixed. According to what we said before, Microsoft offered Sony a 10-year deal to bring future Call of Duty games to Sony’s gaming systems. This news is part of Sony’s strong opposition to Microsoft’s historic Activision Blizzard (ABK) purchase. It could also reveal when PlayStation 6 will come out.
After documents that Sony and Microsoft had to give to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) were made public, Sony put out a statement saying that Microsoft’s current offer hurts competition. Call of Duty would be available on the PlayStation platform for the next ten years as part of the deal. Sony also said that some parts of the agreement were left out at Microsoft’s request and that the company is still determining if it could reach, monitor, and enforce a deal with Microsoft.
The Japanese company that makes consoles and games worries that Microsoft will change the PlayStation version of Call of Duty if the deal goes through. This could mean raising the price of the game’s PlayStation version, lowering its quality, not investing in multiplayer support and experience on PlayStation, or making the game exclusive to its Game Pass service, which is already better than what PlayStation has to offer.
Sony’s worries make sense—the decision of Microsoft to charge more for Call of Duty on PlayStation is the worst kind of disrespect for fairness and competition. This is probably why Sony’s 2018 God of War Digital Deluxe Edition costs $29.99 on the PlayStation Store and $49.99 on Steam for PC users. The PC version of God of War, made by Sony’s first-party studio and published by Sony itself, should cost more. We’re being sarcastic, of course.
Sony also didn’t miss a chance to call out Microsoft, saying that the tech giant has yet to show any willingness to agree with them. Microsoft seems slow and only talks to the company when they think the regulatory outlook is not as good. They prefer to talk through the media instead of directly with Sony Interactive Entertainment. It shows how easy negotiating is when you’re in a strong position. Sony isn’t as influential in the gaming industry as it used to be, which is why it’s so loud.
Let’s remember that Sony told people who wanted to play exclusive games to switch to PlayStation. But now that Microsoft has finally turned the tables on its rival—primarily by outselling PlayStation in its home market and offering better gaming deals overall—Sony thinks it’s fair to voice its concerns about competition and innovation, or lack thereof, if the powers that be approve of the acquisition. Also, why would Microsoft stop PlayStation from playing Call of Duty? Getting commissions from Sony’s PlayStation Store would be much more fun.
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