PlayStation 5 buyers are being advised by a retailer that they should think carefully before buying the console.
Recently, Microsoft acquired Activision earlier this month, so buyers may not worry about the price or the limited supply of the stock.
Instead, they should be worried that Call of Duty may become exclusive for Xbox, GamingBible warned.
Seeing how the management ensures that the general public is educated about video games is heartwarming, in a way.
However, on a dull afternoon, the announcement that Microsoft had acquired Activision for $68.7 billion sent gamers and retailers all into a frenzy and monopoly-wailing.
“Upon close, we will offer as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass, both new titles and games from Activision Blizzard’s incredible catalog,” remarked Xbox boss Phil Spencer.
It is true that this news cast a gloomy shadow on the future of games likes Call of Duty, among others.
According to Bloomberg, the next three Call of Duty games will come to PlayStation regardless of the terms of the purchase, but it is difficult to predict what will happen to the series after that point.
Spencer said the game will launch on both PlayStation and Xbox for now, keeping PlayStation players happy.
There is a technicality that has to do with competition law that could cause regulators to prohibit Microsoft’s acquisition if it tries to make Call of Duty exclusive.
It’s clear that a shop in Belgium doesn’t want to take a chance on possible changes following the acquisition.
The Staff members have printed out a sign reading “Notice to gamers, Microsoft has bought Activision! Choose your machine carefully” and attached it to the case holding DualSense controllers in fresh colors.
The message is hammered home by writing “CALL OF DUTY” underneath the warning.
Microsoft has a substantial portfolio of intellectual properties that will soon be its own only, like Crash Bandicoot, Overwatch, Prototype, StarCraft, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Once they’re brought under the company’s umbrella, some might even find a new lease on life.
“We’re hoping that we’ll be able to work with them when the deal closes to make sure we have resources to work on franchises that I love from my childhood, and that the teams really want to get,” Spencer told The Washington Post.
“I’m looking forward to these conversations. I really think it’s about adding resources and increasing capability.”
It does not matter what you decide now, but the trajectory of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X has been significantly altered thanks to this acquisition and several others.