Microsoft offers Sony contract for Call of Duty release on PlayStation same day as Xbox-WSJ

    Microsoft has offered Sony a 10-year contract to make each new "Call of Duty" release available on PlayStation the same day it comes to Xbox.
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    | Updated on: Dec 06 2022, 15:06 IST
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    1/8 The new season of Call of Duty: Mobile is coming on both iOS and Android and takes you to the Wild West. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    2/8 Call of Duty: Mobile Season 4: Spurned and Burned should please those sharpshooters. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    3/8 Players can test their quick-draw skills in a new updated version of the 1v1 Duel Mode. There is also the multiplayer mode, a chance to Capture the Gold, battle in the Dome and, a whole new map from Modern Warfare 3. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    4/8 Capture the Gold is a part of the new multiplayer modes which puts a Wild West spin on the popular Capture the Flag game. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    5/8 The limited-time multiplayer mode was launched on May 20, and is still on, which gives players the power to become Rambo or John McClane (Guns Blazing).  (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    7/8 The one thing to look forward to are the new functional weapons, like the versatile Holger 26 or the MK2 marksman rifle (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    8/8 Many different weapons across all categories, including NA-45, QXR, HBRa3, and Man-O-War, have been adjusted for the benefit of all players. (Activision/Call of Duty: Mobile )
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    Microsoft has offered Sony a lucrative 10-year contract that will release every new Call of Duty game on PlayStation the same day it comes out on XBox. (Call of Duty)

    Microsoft has offered Sony a 10-year contract to make each new "Call of Duty" release available on PlayStation the same day it comes to Xbox, according to an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on Monday from a Microsoft executive.

    Sony's gaming chief Jim Ryan said in September that Microsoft's earlier offer to keep the popular game series made by Activision Blizzard on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement expires was inadequate.

    Xbox maker Microsoft's latest offer to Sony comes as it faces increased regulatory scrutiny over its $69 billion buyout deal for Activision Blizzard.

    The offer, made in January, has attracted regulatory headwinds in the European Union, Britain and in the United States, with Sony criticizing the deal and even calling for a regulatory veto.

    Reuters reported last month that Microsoft's remedy would consist mainly of a 10-year licensing deal to Playstation owner Sony.

    "The main supposed potential anticompetitive risk Sony raises is that Microsoft would stop making 'Call of Duty' available on the PlayStation. But that would be economically irrational," Microsoft President Brad Smith said in the WSJ opinion piece.

    Microsoft also said on Monday it was raising the prices of new Xbox games to $70 from $60 starting in 2023, according to a company spokesperson.

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