With the Activision Blizzard acquisition getting closer to being finalized, many fans are likely wondering when COD will be coming to Xbox Game Pass.
After over a year of deliberations, Microsoft’s potential acquisition of Activision Blizzard might begin a new era for the Call of Duty franchise.
COD games could come to Game Pass day one, and previous entries in the series would likely be put onto the subscription service much like Bethesda’s back catalog was.
Fortunately, we have received an answer on when fans can expect COD to come to Xbox Game Pass. Unfortunately, it might not be as soon as you may have hoped.
When Will COD Come to Xbox Game Pass?
The first new Call of Duty game to come to Xbox Game Pass will be in 2025, according to documents from the UK’s CMA (Competition Markets Authority).
This would mean no new COD games will be put onto Xbox Game Pass on day one until 2025 and beyond.
The CMA document, which discusses the rate at which Microsoft would benefit from the merger, states, “there would, in practice, be some delay between completion of the Merger and CoD arriving on Game Pass in 2025.”
However, the documents do not specify the COD game coming to Game Pass in 2025 nor state when other COD games could be added to the platform.
For example, it is possible that previous Call of Duty games could be added to Game Pass once the Activision Blizzard acquisition goes through.
This seems likely, as in a Microsoft blog post from September 2022, Phil Spencer, the CEO of Xbox Gaming, stated, “We intend to make Activision Blizzard’s much-loved library of games – including Overwatch, Diablo and Call of Duty – available in Game Pass and to grow those gaming communities.”
Additionally, two days after Microsoft acquired them, 20 games from Bethesda’s back catalog, ranging from the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series to Doom and Dishonored, were put directly onto Xbox Game Pass.
Currently, all but the original Call of Duty are available on current and last gen Xbox consoles through backward compatibility.
Nevertheless, it is understandable that players are excited to get them on the subscription service as it is a much cheaper option than buying them all individually.