Microsoft and Nintendo strike a deal to bring Call of Duty to Switch

Published: 2022-12-07T04:58:30

Updated: 2022-12-07T04:58:41

Microsoft and Nintendo have struck a deal to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo Switch once the Activision/Blizzard merger is finalized. While no re-debut date has been set, it will mark the beloved franchise’s first appearance on a Nintendo device in a decade.

The appeal of Call of Duty is undeniable. It’s one of the biggest, if not the biggest, console franchise in history, with millions upon millions buying each new release every year since it first debuted in 2003.

The games were not originally on Nintendo devices. At first, only PC, PlayStation, and Xbox players could join in the shooting fun. But Call of Duty 4 in 2007 opened the doors for the Nintendo DS and Wii for the first time and kicked off a streak of releases across all the big names.

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However, that all came crashing down after Call of Duty: Ghosts released on the Wii U in 2013, as Nintendo’s latest creation was struggling at the time.

With the booming success of the Nintendo Switch, there has long been a call for a port back to the beloved manufacturer’s devices. And now, with Activision Blizzard’s impending merger with Microsoft on the way, those dreams have come true.

“Microsoft has made a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King,” boss Phil Spencer announced on December 7.

“Microsoft is committed to bringing more games to more people, however they want to play.”

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It comes after debate over whether Microsoft would transform some of console gaming’s biggest titles, such as Call of Duty, into Xbox exclusives over the $69 billion deal. Instead, the opposite has happened with doors being flung wide open.

Spencer’s announcement also confirmed, “Microsoft has committed to offering Call of Duty on Steam to Xbox at the same time as we complete the merger with Activision Blizzard.”

With 2022’s Modern Warfare II out the door, a port to the Nintendo Switch is unlikely to arrive any time soon. Activision Blizzard’s merger with Microsoft is expected to close in Spring 2023, around the timing of the next release.

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The 10-year association between Nintendo and Microsoft could also lead to bigger things than Call of Duty, as the tech giant may look to revamp the famed studio during the merger.

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