In response to an article published by GamesIndustry.biz, Sony has issued a new statement regarding Microsoft’s offer to extend a deal to it regarding Call of Duty, the game at the centre of the dispute surrounding Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft reiterated its willingness to offer a 10-year Call of Duty contract to Sony in its response to the Competition and Markets Authority of the United Kingdom. Recently, Sony also offered to release new Call of Duty games on PlayStation Plus, a subscription service that competes with PlayStation Plus.
According to a report from Video Games Chronicle, Sony still has reservations about such a deal due to licencing costs that could force the company to raise prices on newly released Activision Blizzard games after the deal is finalised.
Observers of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard were left wondering if Sony would be receptive to the deal once the offer to include the game on PlayStation Plus at launch was made. In response to GamesIndustry.biz, however, the company reiterated its position that the acquisition would harm the market regardless of Microsoft’s concessions.
This week, redacted versions of SIE and Microsoft’s observations on the CMA’s remedies notice were made public, Sony told GamesIndustry.biz. “Information regarding the terms of Microsoft’s offer to provide future Call of Duty releases on PlayStation has been redacted at Microsoft’s request. We believe that their current proposal will irreparably harm industry competition and innovation.”
The U.S., U.K., and European regulatory committees are still investigating whether the acquisition will harm competition in their respective regions, so Sony must wait to see if the acquisition is approved. Consistent opposition to the deal makes it unlikely that the company will collaborate with Microsoft before the acquisition is finalised.