Even if Microsoft’s unprecedented $69 billion acquisition from Activision Blizzard continues, Call of Duty is unlikely to leave PlayStation platforms soon We know that Sony has an ongoing contract with the publisher to be honored, and Xbox has at least committed to that three additional years of multi-format support in an attempt to appease regulators.
However, EA bigwig Andrew Wilson isn’t losing too much sleep over the series’ future on PS5 and PS4 – he actually sees a huge opportunity for his company’s own first-person shooter franchise, battlefield. While the previous delivery Battlefield 2042 has a terrible reputation and failed to retain players, the Australian executive was keen to reiterate that the series’ future will remain on PlayStation.
“In a world where there can be questions about the future of Call of Duty and what platforms that may or may not be on, being platform agnostic and completely cross-platform with Battlefield, I think is a tremendous opportunity,” he said during a recent Goldman Sachs event, as reported by Searching for Alpha.
It’s clear that if Call of Duty stops releasing on PlayStation platforms, it will leave a huge audience looking for something else to play. While it’s true that some players will simply leave Sony’s ecosystem and game elsewhere, others will look for an alternative – and that’s where Wilson believes his company can capitalize.
Of course, before it can even begin to think about entering Call of Duty territory, Battlefield needs to get back on track. Speaking candidly, Wilson admitted that the previous two listings in the property had not lived up to expectations. “I don’t think we have in the last two repetitions of [Battlefield] in the way we had to,” he said of Battlefield 2042 and Battlefield V. He added that his company has “a lot of work” to do to get the series back on track, but that the right teams are now in place to realize the series’ “incredible ambitions” moving forward.
To be honest, it will take a really good Battlefield game to unseat Call of Duty, but it is true that if the latter PlayStation leaves, there will be opportunities for other publishers. There’s no doubt that abandoning an audience as large as Sony’s will leave space for others to occupy – but in its current state, Battlefield has a long way to go before it emerges as the most likely candidate.