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Official Dark Water Level Gameplay – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II
In its responses to the questionnaire, Sony calls Call of Duty “a must-have game: a blockbuster, AAA-like game that has no rival”.
“According to a 2019 study, ‘The importance of Call of Duty to entertainment, in general, is indescribable,'” the company said. “The brand was the only video game IP to enter the top 10 of all entertainment brands among fans, joining powerhouses such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
“Call of Duty is so popular it influences users’ console choice, and its community of loyal users is deep enough that even if a competitor had the budget to develop a similar product, they couldn’t match it. “
“No other developer can dedicate the same level of resources and expertise to game development. Even if they could, Call of Duty is too entrenched, so no rival – no matter how relevant – can catch up.
Sony went on to note that Call of Duty has been the best-selling game nearly every year for the past decade and, for its genre, “is by far the best-selling game”.
“It stands for first-person shooters and basically defines that category,” he said. “This is also demonstrated by player engagement on social media: Call of Duty has over 24 million subscribers on first response to Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard released in January, Sony said it expects Call of Duty games to remain cross-platform due to “contractual agreements”.
Microsoft’s head of games also later confirmed his intention to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation platforms once Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is finalized.
However, it was later claimed that Activision Blizzard had contractually committed to only releasing the next three Call of Duty games for PlayStation consolesincluding this year’s Modern Warfare 2.