Microsoft president Brad Smith has said that it wants to bring the Call of Duty series to Switch, assuming its purchase of Activision Blizzard goes ahead as planned.
Smith made the comments in an interview with CNBC, in which he once again made clear that Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard would not prevent its games from coming to Sony and Nintendo’s platforms.
One of the things we’re being very clear about as we move forward with the regulatory review of this acquisition is that great titles like Call of Duty from Activision Blizzard today, will continue to be available on the Sony PlayStation.
We’d like to bring it to Nintendo devices. We’d like to bring the other popular titles that Activision has, and ensure that they continue to be available on PlayStation, [and] that they become available on Nintendo.
Smith cited the fact that Minecraft – which Microsoft owns – is available on rival systems proves the company is committed to this stance:
The first acquisition made after Satya Nadella became CEO was of Minecraft. That was back in September 2014. And what we’ve done with that acquisition, I think is a clear indicator of what we hope to do if we acquire Activision Blizzard.
Namely, invest even more in innovation, bring it to more people, bring it to more platforms, make it even more useful and hopefully delightful for the people who use it.
The last Call of Duty game on Nintendo hardware – Ghosts – was released way back in 2013.