Sony has now included EA’s Battlefield franchise in its arguments towards Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, saying the shooter cannot sustain with Call of Duty.
As reported by PC Gamer, Sony stated in its response to the UK authorities’s investigation into the merger that Call of Duty has discovered unparalleled success that no different shooter can compete, even Battlefield.
“Call of Duty is not replicable,” it stated. “Call of Duty is too entrenched for any rival, no matter how well equipped, to catch up. It has been the top-selling game for almost every year in the last decade and, in the first-person shooter genre, it is overwhelmingly the top-selling game.
“Other publishers don’t have the sources or experience to match its success,” Sony continued. “To give a concrete instance, Electronic Arts – one of many largest third-party builders after Activision – has tried for a few years to provide a rival to Call of Duty with its Battlefield sequence.
“Despite the similarities between Call of Duty and Battlefield – and despite EA’s tr ack record in developing other successful AAA franchises (such as FIFA, Mass Effect, Need for Speed, and Star Wars: Battlefront) – the Battlefield franchise cannot keep up. As of August 2021, more than 400 million Call of Duty games has been sold, while Battlefield has sold just 88.7 million copies.”
EA’s most up-to-date entry, Battlefield 2042, has had a very rocky first 12 months in the marketplace, with the publisher itself admitting that it didn’t meet expectations. Several updates and fixes were delayed and developer DICE was even forced to remake its maps after saying it understood the “walking simulator” complaints.
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The franchise has at all times been launched on each Xbox and PlayStation, however Sony is at the moment arguing that there’s nothing stopping Microsoft from making the franchise an Xbox exclusive regardless of its promises not to.
Although the Activision deal has been approved in some markets, the UK authorities’s Competition and Markets Authority is currently scrutinizing the deal attributable to anti-competition considerations.
EA, then again, sees the Microsoft deal as a huge opportunity. “Being platform-agnostic and completely cross-platform with Battlefield I think is a tremendous opportunity,” stated EA CEO Andrew Wilson on the time.
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