In our Cult of the Fanboy podcast back in May, we discussed this rumor and it seems that we have some confirmation. Sony has officially announced that they are taking over the exclusivity of Call of Duty away from Microsoft. PlayStation CEO Andrew House announced during Sony’s E3 press conference on Monday.
The exclusivity arrangement begins this year with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, that will launch on November 6th for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Treyarch will offer the Black Ops 3 multiplayer bet this August.
“PlayStation is the new home of Call of Duty,” said House. This is an inversion of a relationship that began with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007, where map packs launched first on Xbox.
This proves to be a boon for Sony and will undoubtedly leave Xbox players grumbling. This makes financial sense to Activision, as Sony has outsold the Xbox One a majority of the time. Yes, the Xbox One has come up a few times but many times it moved up with the constant price drops.
This is a great change for PS4 and PS3 owners, as now they will get multiplayer maps and DLC before Xbox owners, which is a nice change of pace. However, with Microsoft changing their game a bit this year, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft does from now on.