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Now that Microsoft has officially acquired Activision Blizzard King, it owns a bunch of different franchises – including Call of Duty. As previously reported, Microsoft entered a 10-year commitment to bring the IP to Nintendo platforms. Xbox boss Phil Spencer commented again on what to expect in a recent interview.

During the Xbox Podcast, he mentioned how he wants Nintendo players “to feel 100 percent part of the community.” He also said that Microsoft intends to have “100 percent parity across all platforms as much as we can for launch and content.”

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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.”

The Competition and Markets Authority shot down Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard in the UK yesterday, and in its lengthy report, it also commented again about the potential for Call of Duty on Switch.

Nintendo and Xbox currently have a ten-year agreement to have the franchise on the Big N’s platforms – assuming the deal eventually goes through. However, once again, the CMA is casting doubt on what will be possible in the end.

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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.

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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.”

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.

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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.

Call of Duty Switch

Call of Duty is one of the highest-selling games each year, but the series has yet to appear on Switch. However, Microsoft has expressed interest in changing that in the future following its acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

In an interview with CNBC, Microsoft president Brad Smith expressed interest in bringing the Call of Duty franchise to Switch. He said:

Here’s some random but interesting news. With the exception of World at War (which used GameSpy servers), the Call of Duty games on Wii still have workable online multiplayer. In this day and age when servers tend to be turned off a little quickly, that’s slightly surprising!


Update 2: Perhaps there’s a tiny bit of hope after all? It’s not too much to go on, but take a look at this excerpt from a Eurogamer article:

“We’re working on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. That’s it,” he (Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia) added. As for other platforms such as PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and – stop smirking at the back – Wii U? We were directed to Activision, which said it had no further platform announcements at this time.

Lamia didn’t explicitly say that Black Ops III isn’t in the works for Wii U. With Nintendo versions, Activision has announced those after the initial Call of Duty reveals. But we’ve never seen a case in which PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U versions were confirmed at a later date. Is that’s what’s going to happen this time around? I really have no clue anymore. It won’t be fun if we’re waiting months to find out if a Wii U version is/isn’t happening!

Update from Brian (4/26): Bumping this to the top. I don’t usually like talking about “x game not coming to Wii U” unless a developer explains/comments on the situation, so I’ll leave this here instead.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III was speculated as possibly coming to Wii U, but it seems as though it won’t be happening. The official website says that it’s only for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

In a strange turn of events, despite Wii U seemingly being dropped from Call of Duty support, Nintendo Network IDs have shown up at for you to link your profile with.

It’s interesting to note that with the recent announcement of Black Ops III, and the fact it’s Treyarch’s turn to develop this year’s title – who’s also responsible for every Call of Duty to make it to the Wii U – this leads to speculation that we could possibly be seeing Black Ops III make an appearance on Nintendo’s console despite missing 2014’s Advanced Warfare by Sledgehammer Games.

A couple of months back, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was seen briefly in Target’s database for Wii U, and though it’s not out of the question that the Wii U could be getting it this year instead of Black Ops III considering Treyarch handled the Ghosts port from Infinity Ward, it would also be impractical to have Treyarch working on two games simultaneously, not to mention marketing an older title when the interest has quickly passed would be a tough thing to sell (looking at you, Watch Dogs).

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What do you make of this? Would you like to see Black Ops III make it to the Wii U this year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!



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