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Sony, Xbox heads continue to fight over Call of Duty

Thankfully, there aren't concerns that one spat on the other.

Harry Styles and Chris Pine, move over — there’s a new feud brewing between Sony and Xbox heads Jim Ryan and Phil Spencer.

It all started, really, when Spencer provided comment to The Verge regarding the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles.

“In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years beyond the current Sony contract,” Spencer said, also indicating that the offer went “well beyond typical gaming industry agreements”.

Ryan has rebutted Spencer’s claims in a statement provided to GamesIndustry.

“I hadn’t intended to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum,” Ryan said.

“Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.”

We’ll keep you informed as the situation progresses.



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