In all this war between Microsoft and Sony over whether the purchase of Activision-Blizzard-King by the former would cause a monopoly or not, Nintendo, which has never positioned itself in the debate, seems to be one of the clear winners. And we say it because just yesterday it was announced a landmark agreement between Microsoft and Nintendo to bring the Call of Duty franchise to Nintendo platforms for the next 10 years. But at that time, not many details were given and there was a shadow of doubt as to whether it would be the main saga, spin offs or if only bringing Warframe already fulfilled that promise. Not even 24 hours have passed and Phil Spencer has already gone out to clear up all doubts in The Washington Post.
All the main Call of Duty games are coming to Nintendo Switch and its successors
Well, before going into the matter, we must remember that This deal will only go into effect if, and only if, Microsoft’s purchase of Activision-Blizzard-King occurs before next June 2023. The thing that today is not entirely clear, having the two most important antitrust agencies studying the case very closely and, according to rumors, closer to not allowing the purchase than to approving it. And that is why Microsoft wants to show that they are not going to create any monopoly, bringing more sagas to all possible platforms. Clarified this, let’s go with the statements of Phil Spencer:
“If the deal closed on that date, starting to do the development work to be able to bring the games to Nintendo Switch would probably take a bit of time. Once we get up to speed, our plan would be that when a Call of Duty game launches on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, it will also becomes available on Nintendo at the same time.«
This confirms two things: the first is that the intention is that Nintendo Switch and all future Nintendo consoles receive the main Call of Duty games at the same time as the other platforms. The second is that, as expected, at least we’ll have to wait for the 2024 game for this deal to start working. The following statement is in relation to the difference in power between Nintendo Switch and the other platforms and how it will be done to solve this problem:
«We would do it like with Minecraft, where we have done specific work so that the game works well on Nintendo Switch, giving full support to this platform. We do the same when we launch it [Minecraft] on PlayStation 5. I know Minecraft and Call of Duty are different games. But we have experience in leading development teams with the goal of releasing the game on multiple platforms.”
Seeing the technical wonders that are the latest Call of Duty, it is hard to believe that they can be downgrade even making them fit on a Nintendo Switch, but we have already seen other miracles in the past such as DOOM, The Witcher 3 or Nier Automata. And if not, there is always the cloud. Finally, it was also made clear that it is not that the deal is for ten years exclusively, but that when signing the agreement a deadline must be set for legal matters, but that when the time comes there will be no problem in extending that date.