Late last year, Xbox made the offer to bring 10 years of Call of Duty to Nintendo hardware, of all places, should Microsoft’s attempt to take over Activision Blizzard succeed. It was a pretty odd offer to make, considering the series hasn’t been a mainstay on the Japanese brand’s lineup for about a decade. But it looks like the deal went through anyway, according to an announcement by someone from the company.
Microsoft vice chair and president Brad Smith announced on Twitter the binding contract between the two companies. As announced before, this means that gamers on Nintendo consoles will be getting new Call of Duty games on the same day as Xbox, “with full feature and content parity”.
The tweet also mentions that with the deal, Nintendo gamers “can experience Call of Duty just as Xbox and PlayStation gamers”. Which sounds like a bit of a jab at the latter for vehemently opposing the the former’s acquisition of the franchise’s publisher.
We’ve now signed a binding 10-year contract to bring Xbox games to Nintendo’s gamers. This is just part of our commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms. pic.twitter.com/JmO0hzw1BO
— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) February 21, 2023
Beyond just the Call of Duty franchise though, the Twitter post also mentions Xbox games in general, though no details were shared on this front. Ditto the exact Nintendo hardware, which most people would by default assume that Smith is referring to the aging Switch. From the 10-year timeline, this should mean that there would be enough games to last another console generation, whenever Nintendo decides to release the next one.
Once again, and via Smith’s tweet this time, Microsoft boasts of the company’s “commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms”. Which will probably never stop being a strange thing to see or hear. After all, the company acquired acquired Zenimax Media back in 2020, and now, we see the two upcoming Bethesda games, Starfield and Redfall, will be Xbox exclusives.
(Source: Brad Smith / Twitter)
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