PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan Wasn’t Concerned About Call of Duty Leaving PlayStation
The first day of the court case between Microsoft and the United States FTC is underway in San Francisco, and there’s already been a major revelation. In an unsealed email early on, PlayStation Boss Jim Ryan stated that he wasn’t concerned about Call of Duty or other Activision Blizzard franchises leaving the platform should Microsoft close the deal.
“It’s not an Xbox exclusivity play at all,” Ryan said in the email from when the deal was announced. “[T]hey’re thinking bigger than that, and they have the cash to make moves like this. I’ve spent a fair bit of time with both Phil [Spencer, boss of Xbox] and Bobby [Kotick, boss of Activision Blizzard] over the past day. I’m pretty sure we will continue to see COD on PS for many years to come.
“We have some good stuff cooking. Keep your eyes peeled. I’m not complacent and I’d rather this hadn’t happened, but we’ll be OK, more than OK.”
Ryan is expected to be one of the key witnesses called during the five-day proceedings.
In addition to Ryan’s comments, it was said by the Head of Xbox Game Studios Matt Booty that for Call of Duty to appear on the Nintendo Switch in the future, the game would need to see changes such as lower framerates. The FTC argues that it would then become a different game for those users.