After successfully winning a protracted legal battle against UK regulators, Microsoft has finally acquired the developers of Call of Duty, Activision Blizzard. But what are the implications of this acquisition? How will it impact the future of Call of Duty on other platforms, particularly Nintendo?

The primary concern that market regulators raised was the potential for Microsoft to establish a monopoly in the market due to the acquisition. On multiple occasions, Microsoft’s executives and representatives have reassured that they are committed to maintaining an impartial approach for the Call of Duty series on all gaming consoles. However, the question is whether they will truly uphold this promise.

The Future of Call of Duty on Nintendo

Recently, Phil Spencer, the CEO of Microsoft Xbox, made an appearance on the official Xbox Podcast. During the show, Phil discussed various aspects of the Microsoft acquisition agreement. He emphasized that their intent was never to leverage the deal to coerce players into purchasing an Xbox system solely to play Call of Duty.

Instead, he pledged on behalf of the company that content parity for Call of Duty would be maintained across all platforms. He stated, “We have no goal of somehow using Call of Duty to get you to buy an Xbox console.”

However, he did acknowledge that ensuring uniform quality on every console might pose challenges. According to him, systems with limited graphical capabilities and lower frame rates could potentially lag behind others.

While this remains speculative, I believe it was directed toward the current Nintendo system, Nintendo Switch. It is an undeniable fact that the Switch lags behind in several aspects compared to current-gen consoles.

In this way, Phil may have subtly communicated that until Nintendo implements significant upgrades to the graphical capabilities of their system, users may have to accept a subpar version of Call of Duty on the Switch just like MK1.

When Will COD Be Released on the Switch?

There is currently no official release date for Call of Duty on the Nintendo Switch. Although Microsoft has confirmed that Call of Duty will be eventually released on the Nintendo Switch as part of the 10-year agreement between Microsoft and Nintendo, the specific details of how and when the game will arrive on the platform remain undisclosed.

The acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft will allow the company to bring the Call of Duty franchise to all platforms, including Nintendo Switch. However, bringing the console versions to the Nintendo Switch could require a lot of resources and time. It is important to note that release dates may change at any time without notice.

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