Sony Pleased With Xbox-Activision Buyout Investigation: 'Major Negative Implications for Gamers'
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has recommended beginning a second-phase investigation into Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, as it believes it could stifle competition in the video game industry in the region. Sony has responded that it welcomes the announcement of further investigation.
"By giving Microsoft control of Activision games like Call of Duty, this deal would have major negative implications for gamers and the future of the gaming industry," Sony said in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz. "We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality gaming experience, and we appreciate the CMA’s focus on protecting gamers."
This comes after PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan called Xbox’s offer to extend Call of Duty’s availability on PlayStation platforms “inadequate” last week. Ryan says that the extension only would have lasted for three additional years after existing agreements expired. There is reportedly three Call of Duty games left to release on PlayStation under current contracts, which include this year’s Modern Warfare 2.
Xbox’s Phil Spencer noted that he still wanted to keep Call of Duty a multiplatform franchise, but it was unknown whether it’d be indefinitely. Xbox’s extension offer to PlayStation indicates that the franchise could become exclusive to Microsoft’s ecosystem eventually should the acquisition go through.
Spencer has also confirmed that future Call of Duty games would also come to Xbox Game Pass on the same day that they launch on PlayStation. This way, he argues, Call of Duty will be available to more gamers.
Every IGN Call of Duty ReviewReviewed by: Dan Adams
Date:October 28, 2003
Many of the ideas found in Call of Duty may have been seen first in other titles, but have been honed down to a fine point in this one. If you're looking for a thrill ride that gives you heart problems, makes your ears flap for joy, and brings you as close to a World War II experience as you're likely to get right now (or would ever really want to get), this is your game. " src="/uploads/2022/09/15/uk-regulators-are-still-looking-into-microsoftx27s-acquisition-of-activision-and-sony-says-that-it-wants-to-protect-gamers-by-keeping-games-like-call-of-duty-on-playstation-1.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/>Reviewed by: Tom McNamara
Date: September 14, 2004
United Offensive represents some the best of what a heavily scripted game can do. It probably also represents the most that can be squeezed out of the venerable Quake III engine. The first mission of the British campaign has you manning bomber turrets, and you've probably seen the screenshots and video clips by now: it's gorgeous. They've really outdone themselves. Still, in apparently attempting to trump the original in drama, they too often end up pummeling the player with an avalanche of combat targets. If you dug Call of Duty, you'll dig United Offensive, but get comfortable with the Quicksave and Quickload keys. " src="/uploads/2022/09/15/uk-regulators-are-still-looking-into-microsoftx27s-acquisition-of-activision-and-sony-says-that-it-wants-to-protect-gamers-by-keeping-games-like-call-of-duty-on-playstation-2.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/>Reviewed by: Hillary Goldstein
Date: November 16, 2004
Call of Duty: Finest Hour has been "consolized" and turned from a somewhat challenging and often intense PC first-person shooter into a bland, run-and-gun console pop-gun game. It's certainly not bad and is enjoyable throughout, but it just doesn't excel in a single area. The brilliant concept of following three individual stories of the Allied campaign against the Nazis has been watered down with too many perspectives and no cohesive or interesting story. I cared nothing for any of the characters and felt like I was just going through the motions the entire game. A lack of checkpoints in the majority of levels is questionable and sometimes frustrating. Finest Hour had the pedigree to become the finest console World War II game, but in the end fails to bring any spark or intensity to a story about courage and sacrifice." src="/uploads/2022/09/15/uk-regulators-are-still-looking-into-microsoftx27s-acquisition-of-activision-and-sony-says-that-it-wants-to-protect-gamers-by-keeping-games-like-call-of-duty-on-playstation-3.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/>Reviewed by: Douglass C. Perry
Date: November 16, 2005
Call of Duty 2 rises above the competitors with an intense attention to the minutiae that grips onto you and doesn't let go. In my humble opinion, this is the best Xbox 360 launch title, hands-down. " src="/uploads/2022/09/15/uk-regulators-are-still-looking-into-microsoftx27s-acquisition-of-activision-and-sony-says-that-it-wants-to-protect-gamers-by-keeping-games-like-call-of-duty-on-playstation-4.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/>Reviewed by Tom Mcnamara
October 25, 2005
Call of Duty is part of a proud, if tired, subgenre of shooters, and once again it manages to rise above the weariness of the material to find something not only fresh but visceral and immediate. It looks great, it sounds awesome, and it provides both meaty single-player and multiplayer." src="/uploads/2022/09/15/uk-regulators-are-still-looking-into-microsoftx27s-acquisition-of-activision-and-sony-says-that-it-wants-to-protect-gamers-by-keeping-games-like-call-of-duty-on-playstation-5.jpg" class="jsx-2920405963 progressive-image image jsx-294430442 rounded expand loading"/>
Despite the investigation, the Call of Duty series marches on as Activision is holding a Call of Duty Next event later today to reveal more about this year's release. You can watch the stream on IGN.
George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @yinyangfooey
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