Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced the company is entering a 10-year agreement with Nintendo to bring the Call of Duty franchise to Nintendo platforms. Additionally, the company enters 10-year agreement to continuing bring the Call of Duty franchise to Steam.
According to Spencer, these commitments to Nintendo and Steam will be in full effect once Microsoft completes the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The agreement allows the Call of Duty franchise to finally debut on Nintendo Switch. Further, these commitments ensure Steam receives simultaneous releases of Call of Duty games going forward.
“Microsoft has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King,” Phil Spencer said on Twitter. “Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people – however they choose to play.”
Spencer adds, “I’m also pleased to confirm that Microsoft has committed to continue to offer Call of Duty on Steam simultaneously to Xbox after we have closed the merger with Activision Blizzard King.”
Brad Smith, vice chair and president of Microsoft, adds, “Our acquisition will bring Call of Duty to more gamers and more platforms than ever before. That’s good for competition and good for consumers. Thank you Nintendo. Any day Sony wants to sit down and talk, we’ll be happy to hammer out a 10-year deal for PlayStation as well.”
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, the latest game in the long-running series, is available now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.