Call Of Duty Switch Ports Are Coming
Plenty of video game ports have made their way over the Nintendo Switch, but there’s one that’s been sorely lacking – Call of Duty. Previously, only a handful of titles in the franchise made it over to a Nintendo console. These were Call of Duty 3, Modern Warfare, World at War, Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Black Ops II, and Ghosts. Each of these only came to the Nintendo DS, Wii, or Wii U and never to other consoles in the Nintendo family. Until now, that is! Today, the president of Microsoft, Brad Smith, revealed they’d release Call of Duty Switch ports. Hurrah for more content!
In his revelations on Twitter, Brad Smith confirmed that Microsoft signed a 10-year deal with Nintendo to release the games. Apparently, the companies aim to give the games to Nintendo fans “the same day as Xbox, with full feature and content parity.” But you might feel a little confused. After all, why would Microsoft sign a deal with a rival company? Well, it’s part of Microsoft’s plan to have more games across more consoles. That way, they can make more money!
After all, Microsoft now owns studios like Activision, which created the Call of Duty franchise. Aside from these Call of Duty Switch ports, Brad Smith stated that this is part of the bigger picture. Apparently, it’s:
“part of commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms. We’ve now signed a binding 10-year contract to bring Xbox games to Nintendo’s gamers. This is just part of our commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms.”
Call of Duty Nintendo Switch
Previously, Microsoft revealed its intentions to sign a 10-year deal for the Call of Duty Switch ports. However, it seems that both parties have signed this deal and made it legal. As such, this marks the first time a Call of Duty title is available on a Nintendo console since 2013. That was Call of Duty: Ghosts, which came out on the Wii U.
Naturally, this news might be surprising, but it makes much sense. After all, Microsoft has been planning to expand its acquisitions recently. Last year, they bought Activision for a whopping $68.7 billion. However, not all reactions to this news have been positive. In fact, the Us Federal Commission criticized the move, claiming it will “harm competition in high-performance gaming consoles and subscription services by denying or degrading rivals’ access to its popular content.”
Other studios, like Sony, were mainly responsible for this pressure. So, in response to this, Microsoft claimed they’d shut down Activision by June 2023. Currently, it’s unclear if the Call of Duty Switch ports will come before then. However, we’ll likely see more news in the coming months.
Also, Microsoft has clarified that they plan to continue selling their game franchises on rival software. This includes Call of Duty on the PlayStation, which Microsoft alleges they will not remove. In fact, the company stated they’ll continue sending it to PlayStation consoles “as long as there’s a PlayStation out there to ship to.” Clearly, the Call of Duty Switch ports are part of a bigger plan for Microsoft!
Nintendo Switch Upcoming Ports
Outside Call of Duty, many other exciting games are coming to the Nintendo Switch. Later this month, we’ll see Octopath Traveller 2, Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe, while Dead Cells: Return to Castlevania and Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse are coming in March. Bayonetta Origins, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and Hogwarts Legacy are coming later in the year. There are so many Nintendo Switch ports! Evidently, it will be a stacked year for the hybrid console, and the Call of Duty Switch ports are just the start!
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