After much speculation and conjecture about the future of ABK games like Call of Duty and Overwatch on Playstation platforms, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer confirmed on Thursday that the company will continue to honor existing agreements with Sony and keep those games on the platform. The decision follows the announcement that Microsoft is acquiring Activision-Blizzard-King for just under $70 Billion dollars.
Phil Spencer said in a Tweet on Thursdsay, "had good calls this week with leaders at Sony. I confirmed our intent to honor all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship."
The announcement that Xbox will not ice out Playstation from some of ABK's biggest properties is good news for Playstation owners. The news comes as Microsoft is facing high levels of legal scrutiny over the deal, with multiple congress-people in the US warning that they will scrutinize the Microsoft/ABK deal under anti-trust legislation through the FTC and the Justice Department.
So for now, ABK developed games that were planned for the Playstation will remain there. However, Spencer did not say anything in regards to future titles where such agreements don't exist.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.