Microsoft has signed a ten-year legally binding contract that will result in several of its newly appointed IPs coming to Nintendo—Call of Duty included.
It was announced last year that, following the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, Xbox would be entering a “commitment” to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms. Well, as it turns out, today marks a rather important milestone for the gaming giant—as the two have finally sealed the deal over a legally binding contract that will run until 2033. As a result of this, both Call of Duty and a slew of Activision-Blizzard's previously exclusive works will be heading over to Switch in the near future.
Of course, Xbox has indeed been treading on hot coals ever since the Activision-Blizzard acquisition came knocking, mostly down to the fact that both PlayStation and Nintendo have continued to express their concerns about losing a lot of the developer's biggest franchises. And this doesn't just include the aforementioned shooter, but an enormous catalog of MMORPGs, too. Rest assured, though, that with the newly established contract, Switch users will in fact remain within the loop.
We’ve now signed a binding 10-year contract to bring Xbox games to Nintendo’s gamers. This is just part of our commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms. pic.twitter.com/JmO0hzw1BO
— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) February 21, 2023
What Comes Next?
So, what does this mean for Switch users moving forward? Well, judging by the contract, consumers will soon be able to search, purchase, and download a wide selection of Xbox games on the Nintendo eShop. As for what other Activision-Blizzard games besides Call of Duty will be coming to the platform, however, is still anybody's guess. Needless to say, though, that it's a big step for Xbox, and an even bigger one for Nintendo.
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