Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that Call of Duty, along with Diablo and Overwatch, will eventually come to Game Pass, but will still launch on PlayStation on the same day.
Announced in a Microsoft blog post, Spencer confirmed that Activision Blizzard’s library of games will be coming to Xbox Game Pass once the acquisition deal is complete, which includes Call of Duty and other blockbuster titles like Diablo and Overwatch.
Spencer said that Xbox’s goal was to bring games to as many people as possible, and thus reaffirmed alongside the Game Pass news that Call of Duty would be coming to PlayStation on the same day it is released elsewhere.
“We intend to make Activision Blizzard’s much-loved library of games, including Overwatch, Diablo, and Call of Duty, available on Game Pass and grow those gaming communities,” Spencer said in the blog post. “By offering even more value to gamers, we look forward to continuing to grow Game Pass, extending its appeal to mobile phones and any connected device.”
It could be a while before Activision Blizzard games hit Game Pass, of course, and Spencer didn’t give any specific dates or details about which games would be coming to the service.
As with other first-party Xbox titles like Forza and Halo, future iterations of these Activision Blizzard franchises will presumably hit Game Pass on day one. However, Overwatch 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have 2022 release dates, while Diablo 4 is due next year, meaning they may have been released before the acquisition deal went through.
Xbox’s $68.7bn acquisition of Activision Blizzard was announced in January, but has since been scrutinized by several consumer boards, including the UK government’s Competition and Markets Authority, although Spencer recently commented that ” feel good” about your progress.
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Ryan Dinsdale is a freelancer for IGN. He will talk about The Witcher all day.