Microsoft Legally Commits to 10 Years of Call of Duty Games on Nintendo Consoles

Microsoft Legally Commits to 10 Years of Call of Duty Games on Nintendo Consoles

Microsoft President Brad Smith announced today that the company has signed a binding 10-year legal agreement with Nintendo for Call of Duty games.

The formal agreement follows a promise made by Microsoft in December to bring the game franchise to Nintendo hardware once the Acquisition of Activision Blizzard is finalized.

In a Tweeter(Opens in a new window), Smith said it was “just part of our commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms.” A statement attached to the tweet as an image reads:

“Microsoft and Nintendo have now negotiated and signed a legally binding 10-year agreement to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo gamers – on the same day as Xbox, with full feature and content parity – so they can experience Call of Duty. Duty like Xbox and PlayStation. gamers enjoy Call of Duty. We are committed to providing long-term equal access to Call of Duty to other gaming platforms, bringing more choices to more players and more competition in the gaming market.”

The “full features and content” parity of the statement will raise a few eyebrows simply because The Nintendo Switch the hardware is so underpowered compared to the Xbox series X And PS5. The deal may only apply to the Nintendo Switch successor, but even then it’s unlikely to be a hybrid console that can match Xbox and PlayStation in terms of performance and of features.

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Nintendo already allows a “cloud versionof some games that don’t (and can’t) run natively on the Switch. They’re streaming content to every device instead. Could it be that Microsoft’s deal means Call of Duty is a cloud version of every game on the Switch would certainly allow for feature and content parity.

It’s unusual for a console maker to strike such a long-term deal with a competitor, but Microsoft is desperate to get its acquisition of Activision Blizzard approved by regulators. This quest is not going very well, with the FTC calls for termination of dealTHE The EU continues its investigationand the British watchdog suggesting Microsoft should sell Call of Duty whether he expects the deal to be enlightened.

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