Sony throws Battlefield under the bus in Xbox Call of Duty dispute


    sony it seemingly throws the Battlefield series under the bus over the ongoing Xbox and Call of Duty feud.

    Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard has led Sony to claim that the Battlefield series cannot compete with Call of Duty.

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    Can Battlefield compete with Call of Duty?

    As NME reported, Sony was responding to the UK government’s investigation as Microsoft continues to try to convince market regulators around the world that the Activision Blizzard acquisition is good for the video game industry.

    The Call of Duty series is an absolute goliath, regularly topping video game best-selling charts year after year. In fact, it’s been at the top of the charts for over a decade.

    The latest entry in the series, the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 reboot is proving to be immense. During its opening week, MW2 sold more copies than any game in the franchise. However, the same cannot be said about the latest Battlefield entry, 2042.

    One of the many concerns Sony has with Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is that the Call of Duty series will become an Xbox-exclusive property. This is despite Microsoft continually reassuring Sony that CoD will remain cross-platform. Furthermore, Microsoft even offered Sony a 10-year contract to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.

    Apparently, Call of Duty will continue to be cross-platform

    So, let’s say Microsoft successfully acquires Activision, can Sony trust other military first-person shooters like Battlefield? Not according to Sony.

    Sony told UK regulators that the success of Call of Duty is “not replicable”. What’s more, Sony stated that “other publishers don’t have the resources or experience to match your success”.

    To give a concrete example, electronic artsone of the largest third-party developers after Activision, has tried for many years to produce a rival to Call of Duty with its Battlefield series,Sonya said.

    He continued: “Despite the similarities between Call of Duty and Battlefield, and despite EA’s track record of developing other successful AAA franchises, the Battlefield franchise just can’t keep up. As of August 2021, more than 400 million Call of Duty games have been sold, while Battlefield has sold just 88.7 million copies.

    Could Sony make Battlefield its own exclusive?

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    To be fair, Sony isn’t wrong. Even if EA knocks it out of the park with the next Battlefield, it’s unlikely to compete with Call of Duty, at least in the long term. However, EA CEO Andrew Wilson has previously suggested that the publisher could look to capitalize on the shenanigans between Sony and Microsoft over Call of Duty.

    It seems the feud over Call of Duty will never end and while EA might look to capitalize on Battlefield, Sony seems to be forgetting that it’s sitting on its Killzone IP. Not that Killzone can really compete with Call of Duty, but it’s a unique franchise that would certainly benefit from a renaissance.

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