Sony Group Corp. said Thursday that it expected Microsoft Corp. to make sure that games from Activision Blizzard Inc. are accessible on non-Microsoft video game platforms if Microsoft finishes off its planned acquisition of Activision. “We expect that Microsoft will abide by contractual agreements and continue to ensure Activision games are multiplatform,” a Sony spokesman said Thursday.
There’s not any surprise that Sony would expect Microsoft to honour any running contracts it has with Activision- as it did during the Besthesda takeover, leaving Deathloop and Ghostwir: Tokyo as PS5 console exclusives. It’s unclear what contracts Sony currently has with Acquisition, now how long they’re set to last.
It’s a bit unclear from the wording of the statement if the spokesperson is intended to specific contracts that ensure Activision games are multiplatform, or whether the company more generally expects Microsoft to allow games to be released for PS5 post-acquisition.