PlayStation Slams Xbox over Cancelled PS5 Game
Sony remains extremely unhappy about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision. Ever since Microsoft revealed their plans, a new era of console wars began and it seems unlikely things will slow down anytime soon.
Sony has expressed some concern over Microsoft owning the Call of Duty IP (which it will if the buyout goes through), since it could potentially turn into an Xbox-exclusive franchise. But Xbox boss Phil Spencer reassured Sony there’s nothing to worry about – in fact, if the acquisition goes through Call of Duty will even be brought to Nintendo consoles going forward!
Even so, the battle between rival companies and regulators (such as the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority) continues. According to GamesRadar+, Sony has taken issue with the fact that Bethesda’s upcoming FPS, Redfall, has been cancelled for PS5.
Sony reported that Microsoft cancelled the PlayStation version of Call of Duty even though the studio had already invested time and energy to make it. “This decision serves as further confirmation of Microsoft’s ability and willingness to foreclose rivals from acquired games, along with their likely post-transaction behavior in relation to Call of Duty,” Sony concluded.
Though Microsoft may have been surprised to hear of the number of exclusive titles PlayStation has in comparison to Xbox, Microsoft seems unconcerned. In 2021, Sony’s console boasted “nearly five times as many” and Microsoft claimed many were “better quality”.
Soon, we should know if Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision will go through.