Microsoft has promised to bring Call of Duty games to Nintendo consoles for the next 10 years in a historic “legally-binding” deal.
This means that if Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is successful, then COD titles will be ported to Nintendo consoles for 10 years or more if the deal is renewed.
The news comes via a tweet from the Vice Chair and President of Microsoft, Brad Smith. He stated that the deal is a “part of [Microsoft’s] commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms.”
Notably, this announcement arrives on the same day that Microsoft are attending an EU hearing in which they will argue against concerns the European Commission has about their $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
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Back in December 2022, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer announced that Microsoft would enter a commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo for the next 10 years.
However, that wasn’t a legally binding agreement but more of a statement of intention. Now, it appears that Microsoft have confirmed that their decision to bring COD to Nintendo platforms is legally binding.
Is Call of Duty Coming to Nintendo Switch?
It is unclear if Call of Duty will come to the Nintendo Switch. Firstly, Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard needs to succeed for COD games to come to Nintendo consoles.
Secondly, the wording of Smith’s tweet doesn’t specify the Switch but rather “Nintendo players.” This could imply COD games will be ported to Nintendo’s next console instead of the Switch.
It is possible that Microsoft will port the current-gen Call of Duty games to the Switch as Cloud Versions. This means that players will be able to purchase and then stream games like MW2 from their Switch.
More likely, however, is that Microsoft would port Warzone Mobile or potentially Warzone 2 to the Nintendo Switch and all future Call of Duty titles to Nintendo’s next console.