The game will be released at the same time for Switch with “full parity of features and content”.
Late last year, Microsoft announced it was “committed” to providing Call of Duty (CoD) to Nintendo for 10 years if its acquisition by Activision Blizzard was approved. Now president Brad Smith has announced on Twitter that the “binding” 10-year contract has been signed, and confirmed that Nintendo will get the same access to CoD as Xbox, Engadget wrote on the subject.
“Microsoft and Nintendo have now negotiated and signed a binding 10-year legal agreement to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo players – in the same days as Xbox, with full feature and content parity. We are committed to providing long-term parity of access to Call of Duty for other gaming platforms.”
, Microsoft said in a statement.
Microsoft previously said it had offered Sony a similar deal for PlayStation consoles and committed to offering the game on Steam at the same time as Xbox – provided the merger goes through, of course.
In addition, the European Union will reportedly join the United Kingdom in declaring that the proposed acquisition could reduce competition. To that end, Microsoft has reportedly requested a hearing with EU regulators to defend the deal – and that meeting is scheduled for today, according to Reuters.
The acquisition has from the outset faced regulators’ concerns that it would deprive the PS5 and other Sony consoles of key games, particularly CoD. Sony has strongly opposed the deal, calling it a “game changer that poses a threat to our industry”. Microsoft said Sony’s comments were “self-serving”, and promised to support Call of Duty for PlayStation “forever”.