Report: Sony Says Microsoft's Call of Duty Deal With Nintendo is Misleading - NewsWilliam D'Angelo , posted on 08 December 2022 / 4,408 Views
Sony is arguing that Microsoft's 10-year commitment with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms is misleading, according to an internal report from MLex and reported by ResetEra user Idas.
The report says Activision Blizzard can supply Call of Duty on Nintendo platforms now, however, they don't as Nintendo's audience is younger and "is not interested in the first-person shooter and a previous version of the game on its console was a commercial flop."
The last Call of Duty game on a Nintendo platform was 2013's Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Nintendo Wii U. It should be noted the Wii U was a commercial failure having only sold 13.56 million units lifetime.
Sony argues that the licensing agreement Microsoft has with Nintendo is designed to make Microsoft appear to be cooperating with regulators.
Sony claims the Nintendo's Switch would not be able to run Call of Duty easily and the hybrid console may never be able to. It could potentially take years to develop a version of the franchise compatible with the Switch, which would make the 10-year deal meaningless.
Sony says it is easier for Nintendo to enter into an agreement with Microsoft than them as "Nintendo doesn't need to worry about equal treatment for its subscription service or cloud gaming service as those are not areas where it currently competes aggressively."
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