Sony is concerned that Microsoft will give it an inferior version of Call of Duty for its Playstation
Don your tinfoil caps and step into conspiratorial space with Sony. Despite Microsoft’s recent deals with Nvidia and Nintendo to provide access to Call of Duty on their respective platforms, Sony does not believe that Microsoft is being honest in its approach. The editor fears rather that the takeover of Activision will allow Microsoft to give Sony a deliberately worse version and sabotaged by call of duty. Even if it sounds crazy, is it possible?
A potential version of Call of Duty bad on Playstation
Microsoft is set to buy Activision Blizzard King in the biggest takeover in video game history. So owner of all the call of duty productionwhich has a huge market share, the Redmond firm could decide to give Sony a lower version of COD for its console, in order to make players want to switch to the competing console. Of course, it looks big. Still, there’s a complicated boundary to define that supports Sony’s argument.
Concretely, what would prevent Microsoft from putting less budgetless effort or less good developers on the PS5 version of the game compared to other mediums? And, even if that were the case, that some people realized it and decided to speak out on the subject, the limit between the deliberate sabotage and the natural constraints of time or the financial crisis could make the truth very difficult to prove.
THE cult of silence on this kind of problem in the industry would also not help to establish the truth. In any case, it’s a big problem for the video game market today!
However, I think that if Microsoft gave a sabotaged version of Call of Duty to Sonythe industry wouldn’t necessarily react… unless the players got involved.
Gamers aren’t that dumb
The video game industry has a lot of flaws (like any industry that brings in a lot of money and without sufficient regulation of its practices). As a result, if Microsoft sabotaged the Playstation version of COD, I think it would take years to prove and get regulators to react. It would be a huge loss for sony. However, if the public gets involved, that’s another story.
Microsoft cares about its brand image. With the Xbox Game Pass, he has become a very generous and interesting actor for players, in addition to his personal productions in video games. On the other hand, if the PS5 version was inferior to the other ports, the players would be the first to realize it. Then would follow a tsunami of memes on Reddit and virulent Tweets that could harm Microsoft’s image.
If the public got involved, things would potentially harm Microsoft as much as Sony and would push the Redmond firm to rework its Playstation version of Call of Duty. Besides, players are more than aware of the Microsoft / Activision saga and problems with the regulation of this takeover since the deal has been in the headlines of video game news since its announcement on January 18, 2022.
Whatever you think, it’s never good that a player as big as Microsoft appropriates even more power with big takeovers. It takes diversity and competition for every business to do its best.
In parallel, Activision is focusing on the release of Warzone mobile, which could take place on next may 15 depending on the date of the blinds. The publisher believes that Warzone mobile will gradually kill off Call of Duty mobile, but that is part of its plans. So everything is under control.