Random: Sony claims Microsoft is trying to turn it into Nintendo

Random: Sony claims Microsoft is trying to turn it into Nintendo

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The ongoing drama surrounding Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard continues to mount. For those who may not be aware of what is going on, the Xbox giant has decided to acquire the publisher of Call of Duty, Surveillance, Crash Bandicoot, and other major IPs for an astonishing $68.7 billion. Sony, meanwhile, isn’t too happy with the deal, stating its lingering concerns over the possibility of losing Call of Duty to its main competitor. As such, the deal is currently under scrutiny by several regulators, including the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

In a recently released document, Sony Interactive Entertainment shared a series of observations that could help it block Microsoft’s deal with Activision Blizzard, and one observation in particular caught our attention. In a few choice paragraphs, Sony effectively states that Microsoft is trying to turn it into Nintendo, arguing that the latter succeeded without the likes of Call of Duty.

It’s a strange claim to make, of course, but let’s look at the full quote for more context:

“Microsoft argues that Nintendo succeeded without access to Call of Duty. This misses the point. The decision identifies a wide range of evidence that Nintendo provides a differentiated experience for Xbox and PlayStation as it focuses on very different family games from PEGI 18 FPS games like Call of Duty. This is supported by internal Microsoft documents, which according to the CMA show that: Nintendo, Nintendo being often absent from any competitive assessment.”

“Microsoft says Nintendo’s differentiated model demonstrates that Sony doesn’t need Call of Duty to compete effectively. But it does reveal Microsoft’s true strategy. Microsoft wants PlayStation to become like Nintendo, so that it’s a less akin to and less effective than Xbox Post-Transaction, Xbox would become the one-stop-shop for all of the console’s top-selling shooter franchises (Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, Doom, Overwatch), as explained the Decision, and it would then be free from serious competitive pressure.”

What a revealing quote! It certainly demonstrates the desperation on both sides of the pitch. Sony is clearly convinced that Call of Duty should stay on PlayStation, but – as quoted by Xbox’s Phil Spencer – “Call of Duty will be on PlayStation as long as gamers want to play Call of Duty on PlayStation, and that’s no competitive threat to PlayStation”. So who knows what will happen.

As far as we’re concerned, we’re quite happy to let Sony and Microsoft fight in the trenches for as long as necessary; we’re pretty excited to wait for Tears of the Kingdom to come to the Switch!

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