It’s a very big promise from Microsoft and let’s hope that it will be kept. Call of Duty for Nintendo Switch should become a reality. This agreement will reportedly be part of a reconciliation strategy and, at the same time, raises questions.
In the context of the planned Activision Blizzard takeover by Microsoft, a surprise happened last night. Microsoft and Nintendo have signed an agreement in which they determined that the Call of Dury series will come to Nintendo consoles within the next 10 years. They also assured that CoD will still be available and playable on Steam.
Microsoft has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to @Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King. Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people – however they choose to play. @ATVI_AB
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) December 7, 2022
Protest from Sony about the acquisition
Microsoft has assured Japanese entertainment giant Sony that it will continue to make Call of Duty available for the PlayStation after they filed a protest with antitrust watchdogs. In-depth reviews by authorities are underway in both the EU and the U.K., and in the U.S., the Federal Trade Commission is reportedly working on a lawsuit against the proposed deal, according to reports in the New York Times. Microsoft apparently now wants to regulate this legal pressure with a charm offensive, to maintain the favor of the gaming community but also to calm cartel examiners. Part of this concession is apparently that Call of Duty will also be released for Nintendo Switch in the future.
Warzone for Nintendo Switch?
Until now, Call of Duty games were only available on consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation. Call of Duty for Nintendo Switch was out of the question, let alone Warzone on Switch. That is supposedly about to change. However, it also causes a certain mistrust because there are reasons that speak against a CoD for Switch, as the console hardware should pose a challenge. Porting between Sony and Microsoft consoles hasn’t been a problem because of their comparable performance. Nevertheless, Nintendo addresses a completely different target group with its consoles. That’s why they also have different hardware requirements, which are usually a bit lower.
It begs the question of whether the Switch can carry a game like Warzone performance-wise. So it will take a strong effort to port Call of Duty for Switch, and the game will certainly need to be simplified graphically. Another hurdle is that there is no “CoD” fanbase to speak of on the Switch level. This also means a great deal of effort because marketing measures are required here to achieve this. Still, Microsoft made this agreement with Nintendo last night, and we are very curious to see how it will show up on the Nintendo sky in the future.
Bringing Warfare to Switch will take quite some time
We will have to wait until a CoD-Switch release. In the meantime, however, you can discover the brand new Warzone 2 on PC, Xbox, or PlayStation and improve your skills.
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