Sony has issued a statement regarding the "generous" offer from Microsoft. After they bought Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard, the American company offered Sony to extend the agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation platforms for 3 additional years after the current contract expires.
This was told by the director of PlayStation Jim Ryan. He believes that Microsoft's Phil Spencer's proposal was "inadequate in many ways" and also that the agreement did not take into account the impact on PlayStation gamers.
Earlier, Xbox presented Sony with an agreement that guarantees the appearance of Call of Duty on the PlayStation without cutting any content for at least a few years. It should, according to their idea, come into force after the completion of the current contract. Phil Spencer believes that the terms they provided for Sony "go far beyond the typical agreements in the world of the gaming industry."
The deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard was almost $69,000,000,000. While the deal is currently under review by competition regulators, the UK Competition and Markets Authority believes that Microsoft may be holding or degrading Activision Blizzard content on non-Xbox consoles.
The current deal between Sony and Activision Blizzard includes three more titles from the Call of Duty series on PlayStation, including CoD Modern Warfare 2, which will be released later this year.
Jim Ryan had the following to say about the proposal from Microsoft:
I didn't mean to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to clarify because Phil Spencer brought this up to a public forum.
Microsoft has proposed that Call of Duty only remain on the PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony expires. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their offering was inadequate on many levels and didn't consider the impact on our gamers. We want to ensure that PlayStation gamers continue to have a high-quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft's proposal undermines that principle.
After Microsoft bought out Acitivision Blizzard, discussions immediately arose in the gamer community about how this would affect the gaming industry and how much Sony would suffer from this.
Part of the community believed in the words of Phil Spencer, who said that after the buyout of the publisher, everything will remain as it is, while the other part of the audience was skeptical about these words. Indeed, why would a huge corporation buy a publisher for $69,000,000,000 and leave it as it was?