Sony expects Microsoft to “continue to ensure” Activision games stay multiplatform

Microsoft acquired Activision Blizzard for almost $70 billion.

After Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for almost $70 billion, some analysts raised the possibility that Activision games might be available exclusively for Microsoft’s own Xbox console and its subscription video game services in the future.Sony expects Microsoft to honour contracts it has with Activision and “to continue to ensure” that Activision games are released on its platforms-but there’s some room for interpretation about what exactly the PlayStation manufacturer means.

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.

 

 

 

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