The rupture of relations between Microsoft D sony, motivated by an attempt by the former to buy Activision Blizzard, is evident. The Redmonds believe that the complaints of the Japanese mainly concerned their fears that call of Duty is no longer being released on PlayStation, they have done a lot of damage to them, especially in the area of ​​regulation. This was made clear by the recent lawsuit filed by the US Federal Trade Commission, which wants to cancel the acquisition. However, those responsible for the Xbox did not stand aside.

In recent days, Microsoft has denied the reasons why the FTC wants to block the purchase of Activision Blizzard. In the document, the firm, led by Satya Nadella, listed various reasons why it believes the deal will not harm competition in the industry. But the matter did not end there. This new presentation revealed a little darts vs sony which already came into the view of the British CMA at the end of October, but flew by unnoticed.

By that time, Microsoft had hinted that PlayStation’s stance on the alleged possibility that call of Duty was an Xbox exclusive was hypocritical. Specifically, Redmond’s representatives argued that while releasing exclusive games is a common industry practice, PlayStation has signed deals with third-party studios. whose sole purpose was to “exclude” the Xbox from releasing certain games. Some of those mentioned were final fantasy 16, remakes from Silent Hill 2 D final fantasy 7.

Sony’s current exclusive content includes notable in-house games such as The last of us, Ghost of Tsushima, god of War D spiderman. In addition to completely exclusive content, Sony has also entered into agreements with third-party publishers that require the Xbox to be “excluded” from the set of platforms on which those publishers can distribute their games. Some notable examples of such agreements include Remake of Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix), blood (from software) next final fantasy 16 (Square Enix) and the recently announced remake Silent Hill 2 (Team Blueber).

Microsoft, to UK CMA.

Xbox hits back at Sony over PlayStation exclusives

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In essence, Microsoft pointed out that PlayStation’s complaints about the future of Call of Duty it is pointlessbecause Sony already dominates the exclusive games market and no one complains about it. At least, no one has done it yet.

Redmond residents also indicated that in 2020 four of the world’s best-selling games were PlayStation exclusives. Specifically, The Last of Us – Part 2, Ghost of Tsushima, Spiderman: Miles Morales D Remake of Final Fantasy VII. While in 2021 he continued to reap success Miles Morales. “Microsoft does not have Xbox exclusive games in the top 20,” they added.

Of course, this is all part of the strategy. Get approval from Microsoft to purchase Activision Blizzard; on Sony’s side to prevent its archrival from gaining access to one of the most juicy and enviable intellectual property lists in history. It remains to be seen what definition will be chosen by the regulators of the three key territories for the future acquisition: the US, the UK and the European Union.

Lately from Xbox like abandoned the position of “good guys” by which they intended to win Sony and the regulators over to their side. The individuals led by Phil Spencer have repeatedly stated that the removal call of Duty from the PlayStation would be nonsense; and they accused the Japanese of wanting to grow by shrinking their rivals.

Sony, meanwhile, has taken the opportunity to downplay the Xbox Game Pass’s impact on the market. To the point that I didn’t even consider it a competition. “In two years, we sold more PS5 than we collected in subscribers”said Jim Ryan, CEO of PlayStation.

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