Microsoft has signed an agreement with Nintendo with which they undertake to carry the franchise of Call of Duty on Nintendo consoles on the same day and with the same content as Xbox, spanning the next 10 years. This was announced by Microsoft President Brad Smith in a statement that hints at more Xbox games coming to Nintendo consoles.
In early December, Microsoft announced it had signed a deal with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to their consoles for the next 10 years, in addition to offering a similar deal to Valve, pledging to bring Call of Duty to Steam. at the same time and with the same content as Xbox. Microsoft’s new contract with Nintendo is the same one the company offered to Valve at the time.
A few hours ago, Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft, announced that he had signed an agreement with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to their consoles for the next 10 years, launching them the same day they arrive on Xbox and with the same content. Smith also says that “it’s just part of our commitment to bringing Xbox and Activision games like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms.which could indicate that more Xbox games will be reaching Nintendo consoles as well.
Although Microsoft offered this deal to Valve, Gabe Newell said at the time that he refused to sign it because he trusted the intentions of Phil Spencer and Xbox, as the company has been on Steam for a long time and considers the agreement offered as a sign. that they are satisfied with the reception their games have received. “We don’t believe in requiring a partner to have an agreement that obligates them to publish games on SteamNewell explained.
When Microsoft’s original deal with Nintendo was announced in December last year, Sony said it was a misleading deal given that the Nintendo Switch can’t run Call of Duty, while claiming Nintendo’s audience is younger and uninteresting. in the franchise. The Nintendo Switch player age distribution chart shared by Nintendo demonstrates that the second point is not true, while the first point can be countered with the cloud.
In recent years, Microsoft has improved its cloud gaming service included in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, so they have a lot of experience with this technology. Other publishers released games on Nintendo Switch with cloud versions, such as Resident Evil Remakes, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and Kingdom Hearts collections, so Microsoft could follow a similar path with Call of Duty.
At the moment, all that remains is to wait for Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard to be approved, because in the event that the agreement is not concluded, it will be canceled and it will be ABK’s decision to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles.