Microsoft said they were going to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo for a decade if their Activision Blizzard acquisition was approved last year. Now, President Brad Smith tweeted that they’ve signed a “binding” 10-year contract, and Nintendo’s getting the same access to CoD as Xbox. And that’s not all – Smith hinted that we can expect more Xbox games to make their way to Nintendo platforms in the future.
“Microsoft and Nintendo have now negotiated and signed a binding 10-year legal agreement to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo players — the same days as Xbox, with full feature and content parity,” according to Microsoft in a statement. “We are committed to providing long term equal access to Call of Duty to other gaming platforms.”
Microsoft is trying to persuade regulators to greenlight their purchase of Activision Blizzard for a whopping $68.7 billion. But things aren’t going too smoothly, as the US Federal Trade Commission has sued to prevent the takeover, and the UK might require Activision to sell off some of their business before the merger can happen. So, it’s up in the air right now.
Microsoft apparently made the same offer to Sony for their PlayStation consoles, and promised to release the game on Steam simultaneously with Xbox, but that’s only if the merger actually happens.