Under oath, Phil Spencer addresses the future of Call of Duty titles

Xbox lead Phil Spencer
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What you need to know

  • Microsoft is currently battling the FTC in U.S. court over its attempt to buy Activision Blizzard, makers of Call of Duty. 
  • Phil Spencer responds to the question as to whether Call of Duty would remain a multiplatform game.
  • He states, under oath, that former, current, and future Call of Duty titles would remain on PlayStation.
  • Microsoft has been consistent in its view that Call of Duty would remain on PlayStation platforms.

The ongoing trial between the FTC and Microsoft has led to another concern being addressed for the umpteenth time. Will Call of Duty remain multiplatform, or is there a chance it ever becomes an Xbox exclusive? Phil Spencer addressed this rather directly.

"I think, as we've seen even in preparation for this, that gamers are an active and vocal group. Us pulling Call of Duty from PlayStation, in my view, would create irreparable harm for the Xbox brand," he said, all while under oath for the first time.

"I would raise my hand; I would do whatever it takes," he told Judge Corley. "My commitment is, and my testimony is, that we will continue to ship future versions of Call of Duty on PlayStation 5."

These comments follow multiple statements and offers from Xbox that Call of Duty would remain on PlayStation. These included a 10-year deal with Sony, which was reportedly declined. Contracts were also offered to Nintendo and Steam, the former having accepted, the latter stating it was unnecessary. Even Jim Ryan admitted in a company email that Call of Duty would most likely remain multiplatform. These arguments are at odds with the FTC's claims that Xbox could still pull Call of Duty from PlayStation platforms.

Later, when the FTC had a second chance to question Spencer, the lawyer asked Spencer whether they were willing to make similar commitments for cloud gaming. Judge Corley shut the question down, dismissing the line of questioning by the FTC. She then thanked Spencer for his testimony before he left the stand.

When the deal was announced, Phil Spencer stated that future Call of Duty games would continue to release on PlayStation consoles. He continues to do so, and I imagine that message will not change as Microsoft looks to push the acquisition of Activision/Blizzard through the federal court system.

Michael Hoglund

Michael has been gaming since he was five when his mother first bought a Super Nintendo from Blockbuster. Having written for a now-defunct website in the past, he's joined Windows Central as a contributor to spreading his 30+ years of love for gaming with everyone he can. His favorites include Red Dead Redemption, all the way to the controversial Dark Souls 2. 

  • NeoMahi
    Alright look, people are insanely gullible these days and the Xboxs are really coming out of the woodwork to defend Xbox on this one. Xbox is floundering, they've admitted it and their fanbase can't bear to watch them die so it's a last ditch effort kind of thing. I saw this with SEGA and I was actually on SEGAs side of the fence but ya know what, SEGAs better off today. Are the quality of games what they used to be? No but SEGAs alive and we're seeing SOME good stuff, better than none because Sammy is keeping them afloat.

    As for Phil Spencer, take a good look at the people that live around you and where your community is today. Ten years ago, an oath meant a lot more than it does today. Majority of the current generation don't believe in a supreme being. It wasn't enough to change around core doctrines to suit their lifestyles, the guilt of living a life contrary to that wasn't going away, so the only way to eliminate that was to eliminate the supreme being or to claim agnostic, now you don't feel bad anymore, but most identify with atheist so, an oath to another person means jack today because there's nobody to be held accountable too and nobodys gonna know if you lied, unless you get caught. THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS (In other words tell the truth) went out the window with dismissing God so who cares. Phil Spencer is under pressure by his boss to make sure Microsoft wins. There's ways they're talking to him to try and justify lying or he'll convince himself of something. It's okay to lie when the opposition is probably lying too and to destroy the bad guy that's really oppressing everyone, it's okay because it's in everyone's best interest.

    Businessmen are as corrupt as politicians, ALL businessman, including SONY executives, they're one in the same. And Phil Spencer's Catholic. You know how that operates? It doesn't matter what you do, or how much you screw up, there's nothing really to account for. You walk into a tiny room with a barrier and confess, totally anonymous, and you say however many hail Mary's he tells you and you go about your day, that's it, no remorse, no change, you can be the same person, or make sure you drop something in the collection plate and buy your sins away.

    Let's face it, we live in a piece of trash world that's all about every man for himself. No honor, no loyalty, that went out the window a long time ago. Phil Spencer told some truths, don't get me wrong, but twist falsities in there too.

    Gamers have to look out for themselves. You can be loyal to anyone but you. It's not that Xbox, or PlayStation, or Nintendo that need to win, its the gamer. Paid DLC, Microtransactions, Loot Boxes, and Season Passes, you paid for that game and whatever comes out for that game is yours, free to play excluded. Nintendo, SONY, and Xbox all want to pick the gamers pocket clean in a world where we're suffering financially and homelessness is continuing to rise. Sony's old slogan "The War on Play", that's what gamers need to be focusing on is eliminating that unfairness and to be dealt with fairly. All this extra crap, developing games, dissecting them, and then selling it off little by little as DLC, that's filthy, that's corrupt