PlayStation doesn’t think Battlefield can keep up with Call of Duty any longer

PlayStation doesn’t think Battlefield can keep up with Call of Duty any longer

It’s been a messy old week for sony and Microsoft. After the UK government released Xbox and PlayStation’s full arguments over the Activision Blizzard acquisition deal into the public domain, media types and gamers scoured the pages, sniffing out the snark bytes emitted by the two companies in order to make themselves look smaller than they actually are.

The end game, of course, is for Sony to raise enough sand that regulators won’t let Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard go by. Microsoft, on the other hand, wants to give the impression that it needs the huge publisher under its belt to survive against Sony and Nintendo. The result? Everyone looks a bit silly, and the back and forth brings a lot of other companies into the mix as well.

Earlier this week, we saw Microsoft claim that Call of Duty players aren’t unique or special – my favorite line in all of this, so far. We also saw that Microsoft was willing to throw its own exclusives under the bus in order to look tough, in addition to calling The Elder Scrolls 6 a “medium-sized” game.

PlayStation also plays the game; Sony notes that Xbox Game Pass is “significantly ahead” of PS Plus in terms of active subscribers (despite Sony’s service having over 47 million users, compared to Xbox Game Pass’s 29 million).

Battlefield isn’t that bad…is it?

And we’re not done yet. In comments unearthed in Sony’s 22-page rebuttal to the CMA investigation, the platform holder throws some shade at Battlefield, EA care. In the document, Sony claims that Call of Duty is a particularly important franchise for PlayStation and cannot easily be replaced by anything else. Like, say, Battlefield.

“Call of Duty is not reproducible,” Sony says in the doc. “Call of Duty is too entrenched for any rival, no matter how well equipped, to catch up. It has been the best-selling game nearly every year for the past decade and, in the shooter genre first-person shooter (“FPS”), it is overwhelmingly the best-selling game.

“Other publishers don’t have the resources or the expertise to match its success. To give a concrete example, Electronic Arts – one 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 Despite the similarities between Call of Duty and Battlefield — and despite EA’s track record of developing other successful triple-A franchises (such as FIFA, Mass Effect, Need for Speed, and Star Wars: Battlefront) — the Battlefield franchise can’t keep up.”

A CoD operator here, jaw-dropping at the courtroom drama in the gaming industry.

The document goes on to note that as of August 2021, over 400 million Call of Duty games have been sold, while Battlefield only managed to move 88.7 million. That’s a gap of over 300 million – so Sony is right. Especially considering last year’s Battlefield 2042 was something of a flop (and already hemorrhaging players in February 2022).

This back and forth between Sony and Microsoft is going to get even uglier over time, and a lot more attention is going to be given to Call of Duty as both companies do what they can to convince regulators that they are right.

It’s going to be an interesting few years in the game.

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