Microsoft plans to add Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Diablo to its Game Pass subscription service.
That comes from Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, who confirms the much-assumed news in a larger blog post. (opens in a new tab) discussing the company’s stance on the Activision Blizzard acquisition.
“As much as we love consoles, we recognize that they’re not the only way people play games,” says Spencer. “The largest and fastest growing gaming segment today is mobile platforms. To reach billions of gamers wherever they are and no matter what device they play on, we must embrace choice. Give gamers Choice of how to play your games makes games more accessible and leads to larger, more vibrant player communities Choice is equally important for developers Developers benefit from having a diversity of distribution and business models for their games Choice It opens up opportunities for innovation and allows the industry to grow.”
While part of Microsoft’s plan to expand choice for gamers is through cloud game streaming technology for mobile devices, the other half relates to the Game Pass subscription model. As such, the goal is to include the Activision Blizzard series trio on the service to “grow those gaming communities” as they would be more accessible.
Spencer also reiterates that Xbox is “committed to making the same version of Call of Duty available on PlayStation the same day the game is released elsewhere,” which would include Game Pass in this case.
Spencer’s blog post follows an announcement (opens in a new tab) from a UK competition watchdog that Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard deal could lead to competition concerns, specifically for Sony. Companies now have five days to submit proposals to ease those concerns. Otherwise, a second phase of the investigation will be initiated.
Saudi Arabia is the first country to approve Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition dealalthough the UK is probably not second, yet.