Don’t worry, PlayStation fans! Microsoft promises not to lock exclusive Call of Duty content or skins behind Xbox ownership.
The Activision acquisition is finally, mercifully, over and Call of Duty is now officially an Xbox product.
But those who were afraid of Microsoft taking a page out of Sony’s book with the popular shooter franchise can rest easy.
Phil Spencer Promises No Exclusive Xbox Content for Call of Duty
On the recent official Xbox podcast, Microsoft’s Head of Gaming states that exclusive content locked behind a specific platform is a thing of the past in Call of Duty.
“For Call of Duty players on PlayStation, and in the future Nintendo, I want you to feel 100% a part of the community,” Phil Spencer said. “I don’t want you to feel like there’s content you’re missing out, skins you’re missing out, there’s timing that you’re missing out on… that’s not the goal.”
In fact, Spencer claims that Xbox is aiming for ‘100% parity’ across all platforms, ensuring that all fans have the same experience regardless of their method of playing.
Of course, even the Xbox Boss recognizes that this won’t be completely possible. While the company can ensure there’s no locked content, there’s no way to ensure all devices can perform at the same resolution and frame rates, for example.
But Spencer promises that Xbox has no goal of somehow trying to use Call of Duty to drive console sales.
“I want the Call of Duty nation to feel supported across all platforms,” he states.
What PlayStation-Exclusive Content Did Call of Duty Get?
For the last few years, PlayStation has been offering exclusive cosmetics, bonus XP, and even time-locked content to Call of Duty players.
Everything from MW19’s Spec Ops mode to Cold War Zombies’ Onslaught game mode has been sealed away from Xbox fans in recent history – and on top of that PlayStation owners are still getting some exclusive goodies in MW3!
Right now, PlayStation users can claim an exclusive Lockpick Operator pack, that comes with a new Operator and two Weapon Blueprints for the upcoming title.
And Xbox users won’t be able to get their hands on that same content until November 9, 2024.
Even the last few Open Betas have come to PlayStation consoles a week early, something that should now be a thing of the past.