Following on from yesterday’s news about Microsoft offering Sony a 10-year deal to keep the Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has now delivered another huge update.
In a brief post on social media, the Xbox boss announced Microsoft had entered into a “10-year commitment” to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms, once the Activision Blizzard merger goes through. Microsoft has previously stated how it wants to bring more games to more people, and this goal was once again referenced in Phil’s latest tweet.
“Microsoft has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King. Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people – however they choose to play.”
Phil also confirmed Microsoft will continue to deliver Call of Duty on Valve’s digital platform Steam.
“I’m also pleased to confirm that Microsoft has committed to continue to offer Call of Duty on Steam simultaneously to Xbox after we have closed the merger with Activision Blizzard King.”
The last Call of Duty game on a Nintendo system was back during the Wii U generation, with the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II in 2012 and Call of Duty: Ghosts in 2013. The latest entry in the long-running first-person shooter series, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, was released in October on Xbox platforms.
Vice Chairman and President of Microsoft Brad Smith has also chimed in on this latest update – mentioning how the deal is still open to Sony and PlayStation if the company wants to sit down and talk:
Our acquisition will bring Call of Duty to more gamers and more platforms than ever before. That’s good for competition and good for consumers. Thank you @Nintendo. Any day @Sony wants to sit down and talk, we’ll be happy to hammer out a 10-year deal for PlayStation as well.”