The video game franchise Call of Duty (COD) is now set to arrive with a “10-year commitment” on the Nintendo Switch. After merging with Activision Blizzard, Microsoft will bring the legendary franchise to Nintendo platforms, according to Xbox Head Phil Spencer.
Microsoft said on January 18, 2022, that it planned to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, or about $95 per share, in an all-cash acquisition. The deal is anticipated to close sometime in mid-2023.
After the transaction closes, Microsoft will overtake Japanese company Sony and Chinese powerhouse Tencent to claim the title of the third-largest gaming company in the world, with its headquarters being in America.
With the addition of Nintendo Switch, the COD titles would be available on all three major gaming consoles: PlayStation, Xbox, and finally, Nintendo Switch.
However, this isn’t the first time the franchise has come to Nintendo devices. Popular games like Modern Warfare, World at War, and Black Ops were also accessible on the Nintendo DS and the Wii.
In addition to the universal titles, Nintendo consoles have received a number of exclusive COD games like Modern Warfare: Mobilized and Black Ops DS that is only available on their respective systems.
Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Wii U was the final COD game to be released on a Nintendo gaming system, but recent events indicate that the franchise is returning to Nintendo. The fans are already getting excited to play their favorite game on the go anytime.
In addition to the series returning to the Nintendo library, Phil Spencer has also declared that the franchise will continue to be made available on Steam following Microsoft’s 2023 closure of its acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
While Microsoft is following up on its promises, it is still unknown when the acquisition of Activision Blizzard will complete, as the Federal Trade Commission is still investigating the deal.