“In a world where there are questions about the future of Call of Duty and what platforms it might or might not release on, being platform agnostic and completely cross-platform with Battlefield, I think it’s a great opportunity “launched, not without a certain malice, Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts, during a speech at an event organized by Goldman Sachs and reported by our colleagues at Gamespot.
Because, for Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Phil Spencer’s statement, far from being reassuring, rather suggested a deadline from which the story between Call of Duty and PlayStation could possibly end: “Microsoft only offered to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for three years after the current operating contract between Activision and Sony expires. After almost twenty years of releasing the franchise on PlayStation, their proposal seems to us to be inadequate in many respects and does not satisfy the consideration of the interest of our players.” he had thus declared.
If it would obviously be hasty to draw the slightest conclusion from Phil Spencer’s remarks, this little cold war between Microsoft and Sony seems in any case to delight the CEO of Electronic Arts for whom, even if Microsoft did not arrogate the exclusivity of the license in the future, the uncertainty around its decision could already represent an asset for the Battlefield license.
During this speech, Andrew Wilson nevertheless recognized errors around the launches of the latest opuses in the series: ““I don’t think we delivered the last two iterations the way we should have.” he thus confessed. However, the CEO is confident, considering that this ‘great license” remains “extraordinary” and “resilient“.