The head of the Xbox division, Phil Spencer, has reiterated that Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard will not harm the gaming market. In an interview on the Xbox On channel on YouTube, he said that if the deal goes through, Call of Duty will stop receiving exclusive DLCs on certain platforms.
Spencer admitted that he wants every player, regardless of the device they own, to enjoy the same content. That way no one will feel like they are playing an incomplete version.
"The same version of the game [Call of Duty - editorial note] will be available on all platforms, just as we do today. For example, if you are a PlayStation player, I don't think you will get the impression that you have an inferior version of Minecraft, Minecraft Dungeons or the upcoming Legends. We want to make sure that players will have fun on whatever platform they choose to run the title on."
There's no denying it, the Call of Duty series has a long history with DLCs made available exclusively for specific platforms. What's interesting, however, is that until 2015, exclusive content in these games went to Xbox owners. Currently, it is on the PlayStation side. Over the past few years, those playing on consoles from Sony could count on bonus cosmetic items and maps. In the latest installment of the series - Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - on the other hand, these were special rewards in online gameplay.
As for the availability of Call of Duty on various hardware platforms, it is worth bearing in mind that Microsoft recently signed an agreement with Nintendo. Through it, the popular shooter series will return to Japanese device - of course, for this to happen, Activision Blizzard's acquisition must be finalized.
If you're interested, you can watch the entire interview below. The fragment regarding Call of Duty begins around the 13th minute mark.