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Activision Blizzard King Microsoft acquisition

Original: United Kingdom antitrust regulator Competition and Markets Authority has now approved Microsoft’s transaction to acquire Activision Blizzard King.

This was the final step in getting the deal approved. It had received the go ahead in all other necessary countries, but was previously denied by the UK in April.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy sales

Activision and Toys for Bob have shared a rare sales milestone update for Spyro Reignited Trilogy. Since launch, the collection has sold over ten million copies. That applies to combined sales across all platforms.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy features Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage!, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon. While it saw its initial release in November 2018, Switch would get it later – specifically in September 2019.

A court case between Microsoft and the FTC has been settled, with a California judge making a final ruling. After nearly a week of testimony, Microsoft’s acquisition has been given the go ahead.

The FTC could choose to appeal the decision. It’s worth noting though that the regulator let things go after a court provided Meta with permission to acquire Within. Because of this, it’s though that the FTC could move on from the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard case as well.

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Call of Duty Activision Switch regret

Call of Duty has thus far not made it to Switch, but looking back on things, Activision seems to regret things a bit.

In a court battle taking place this week between the FTC and Microsoft, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick actually ended up commenting on Nintendo’s console. Speaking about the lack of support for Call of Duty on the console, he said: “I made a bad judgment.” Kotick had initially believed Nintendo was trying to do too much with the Switch and that it wouldn’t be a success. However, he has now acknowledged: “It’s probably the second biggest video game system of all time.”

Guitar Hero: World tour drum kit

Guitar Hero: World Tour was the first entry in the series to introduce drums, which brought about its own set of problems. In fact, production issues surrounding the kits were substantial enough that director Brian Bright ended up sneaking into China to get things fixed.

In an interview with Wireframe, Bright felt he needed to take action after discovering that the initial drum kits he saw “had a ton of cross-talk and dead zones, to the point where they were unplayable.” Because of this, he ended up buying a ticket to China – without informing his boss – to meet with RedOctane. Then while on the way to visit factories, they had to sneak past a checkpoint since they brought Xboxes with them which were not allowed in the country.

Call of Duty native Switch

Microsoft has commented further on its plans for Call of Duty for Switch, and has stated its confidence in getting the franchise running natively on the console.

In case you’ve somehow been missing out on the news, Microsoft has been hoping to complete its deal to acquire Activision Blizzard which was announced months ago. However, things haven’t been going smoothly due to concerns about what the merger would mean. Microsoft is continually trying to prove its case, and recently looked to raise some confidence about multiplatform support by finalizing a deal to have Call of Duty games on Nintendo systems for the next ten years – which was just finalized.

Call of Duty Nintendo 10-year commitment

Original (12/6): According to Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer, the company has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms. This is assuming that the merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King goes through.

Spencer said that “Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people – however they choose to play.”

Activision Blizzard Switch eShop sale Crash Team Racing, Diablo II, Spyro, Tony Hawk

Activision Blizzard has started up a new sale on the Switch eShop, and it includes the lowest prices ever for Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled, Diablo II: Resurrected, Spyro Reignited Trilogy, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Other titles have been discounted as well.

The full lineup is as follows:

Microsoft dropped some surprising news this week, revealing that it had reached a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has now followed up with some additional information. This comes as part of an interview with The Washington Post.

One of the main takeaways is that the goal would be for a new Call of Duty game to end up on a Nintendo system at the same time as other platforms. However, it’s unlikely for anything to materialize next year. If it’s not blocked by regulators, Microsoft’s acquisition deal of Activision Blizzard – including the Call of Duty franchise – wouldn’t happen until June 2023.

call of duty switch game

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has said that he’d “love” to see Call of Duty on Switch.

Spencer’s comments came about during a Wall Street Journal event earlier today. He touched on a variety of topics, including Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

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