Dissatisfied with the takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, Sony has certainly been overwhelmed by his emotions, to the point of leaking important information. The acquisition of the Activision Blizzard studio by the American giant is currently being studied by the competition authorities. Sony, which takes a dim view of such a takeover by its competitor, wanted to weigh in on the balance with a document provided to the authorities. This explains the danger that such a takeover could have on the video game industry, but above all on Sony itself.
call of duty in Sony’s viewfinder
In this 22-page long document made public, Sony expresses its concern about the annual release of the license call of duty. If Microsoft gets its hands on one of the most successful licenses on the market, Sony fears that it will become exclusive to Xbox, losing a considerable number of players on its own console. For its part, Microsoft offered mediation, guaranteeing that the call of duty will continue to release until 2027 on all consoles.
A seven-year lifespan for the PS5?
In the document sent by Sony to the competition commissions, we read: “By the time Sony launches the next generation of its PlayStation console (which should happen around [confidentiel]), it will have lost access to Call of Duty and other Activision titles, making it extremely vulnerable to consumer switching and subsequent loss of competitiveness.”
Through this sentence, we guess despite the censorship the release date of the PS6, when the agreement on call of duty will end, i.e. 2027. The PS5 would then have the right to a seven-year lifespan, which is the average time Sony markets its various consoles (PS2 in 2000, PS3 in 2006 and PS4 in 2013). Nothing has yet been confirmed or denied by the Japanese firm, but the estimate seems credible. That said, before thinking about the release of its new console, Sony plans to launch a new version of the PS5, perhaps in 2023.