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Xbox’s Call Of Duty Plans Is To Give Players Choice, Not ‘Do Slimy Platform Things’ Says Phil Spencer

Speaking during IGN Live over the weekend, Xbox bigwig Phil Spencer seemingly took a sly dig at PlayStation’s previous Call of Duty-exclusive deals by saying that it wants to give players choice with Call of Duty Black Ops 6 and not engage in “slimy platform things.”

Spencer’s comments came as he was discussing Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard and goal of attracting new players, with the conversation soon turning to Game Pass’ inclusion of Call of Duty Black Ops 6.

It’s a choice. We didn’t say to anybody ‘you have to subscribe to play’. If you want to buy Black Ops 6, that’s great. It’s great for us, it’s great for the developer. If you want to subscribe, it’s also great. I want to give you the choice on how you play your games, and who you play with, and not try to do slimy platform things to force you to do what I want you to do.

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Back in 2015, Sony and Activision began a long-running partnership beginning with Call of Duty Black Ops 3 that saw content come to PS4 before any other platform, including DLC maps, beta access and more. In some cases, the exclusivity period would be for a couple of weeks, but in others it would last up to 12 months.

[Source – IGN Live]