Date: October 18, 2023
By Hanna Rose
Call of Duty will be getting rid of platform exclusive betas and DLCs, as Phil Spencer promises “100 percent parity” across all platforms.
Call of Duty has had a long-standing partnership with PlayStation. Despite the challenges posed by Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the recent beta release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 initially favored PlayStation platforms. PlayStation has historically enjoyed exclusive DLC packs for Call of Duty titles due to preexisting contracts between Sony and Activision Blizzard.
Now that Activision Blizzard is officially under the Xbox umbrella, it appears that the era of platform-exclusive benefits is coming to a close. In a conversation on the official Xbox podcast, Phil Spencer expressed his desire for Call of Duty to offer “100 percent parity” across all platforms. This means that key features, such as potential early access periods, betas, or DLC packs, will launch simultaneously on all available platforms.
Spencer stressed, “I want Call of Duty players on PlayStation, and in the future, on Nintendo, to feel seamlessly integrated into the community. I don’t want anyone to feel like they’re missing out on content, skins, or timing. The goal is 100 percent parity across all platforms.
Spencer clarified that while technical capabilities may vary among platforms, there will be no delay in releasing future Call of Duty titles and associated content on all consoles simultaneously. With the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Xbox will no longer have exclusive advantages, and Spencer stressed that there is no intention to use Call of Duty as a means to sell Xbox consoles.
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However, it’s worth noting that the potential inclusion of Call of Duty in Xbox Game Pass may entice many players to consider switching platforms. It remains uncertain whether Xbox and Activision plan to make major titles like Diablo 4 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 available on the service on the launch day, as is the case with other first-party Xbox titles. Importantly, no Activision Blizzard games will be available on the service until 2024.
This also coincides with the departure of the controversial Activision Blizzard CEO, Bobby Kotick, in 2024. Whether Microsoft is actively seeking a replacement for Kotick remains uncertain, but finding someone less divisive would be a challenging task.
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