Sony doesn’t seem happy to buy Microsoft’s Call of Duty Maker Activision

A Brazilian government file has given us a rare glimpse into Sony’s thoughts on Microsoft’s imminent $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard — specifically, the fact that Xbox will soon own the Call of Duty first-person shooter franchise.

In Brazil, companies in the same field of any such institutional transaction are required to give their opinion on deals of this size. Interestingly to us, Brazil also publishes all of these details online (albeit in some cases with redacted clips).

Sony’s response is largely public, and contains a number of arguments that paint the potential of Xbox ownership of Call of Duty in a problematic light (as spotted by ResetEra, translated for us by Eurogamer Portugal).

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 will launch later this year.

First of all, Sony argues that Call of Duty is a franchise without a competitor — something that EA’s Battlefield in particular might agree with.

Sony wrote that entries into the Call of Duty franchise “tend to be long-running franchises with big budgets, multi-year development cycles, and die-hard followings.” “And despite significant budgets and resources, no other developer has been able to create a franchise to rival Activision’s Call of Duty, which stands out as a gaming category in its own right.”

Sony describes Call of Duty as an “essential game”, “a great game, an AAA-like game that has no competitor” and quotes a 2019 study that found COD to be the only video game property that broke into the top 10 highest-grossing entertainment franchises globally, to The side of “powerful companies like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings”.

Most interestingly, Sony suggests that Call of Duty is “so popular that it influences users’ choice of console, and its network of loyal users is so ingrained that even if a competitor had the budget to develop a similar product, it wouldn’t be able to. her competitor.”

This is a great argument for Sony, given that Sony itself has partnered closely with Call of Duty over past generations of consoles, offering perks and early access to those who play COD on PlayStation.

Sony concluded that “Call of Duty is too well established, so no competitor – no matter how relevant – can achieve it”. “Call of Duty has been the best-selling game nearly every year for the past decade, and for its genre, it’s a hugely best-selling game. It’s synonymous with first-person shooters and essentially defines this category.”

For its part, Microsoft previously committed to releasing Call of Duty games on PlayStation “beyond the current agreement and into the future.” This year’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 will launch on Sony platforms.

Beyond that, it has been reported that the Call of Duty franchise will take an unprecedented break in 2023, before the next Black Ops studio Treyarch title arrives at some point after that. This game is also believed to be part of the current PlayStation agreement, which indicates that little will change – for now.

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