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PlayStation 360-noscoped Xbox’s CoD proposal

Several (/ˈsɛv(ə)r(ə)l/) determiner · pronoun: more than two but not many. According to PlayStation, Xbox’s definition of “several” is “three” when it offered to bring CoD to PlayStation for several more years after the current contract ends. And guess who isn’t impressed with that? Precisely, Jim Ryan. Three years… that’s hardly enough time to get one decent Call of Duty game out of it, making this proposition “inadequate on many levels”.

In fact, Jim doesn’t seem to be happy with Xbox’s approach altogether. Talking with GamesIndustry.biz, Ryan explained why Xbox’s “generosity” doesn’t impress him, even if that wasn’t part of the plan. But hey, If Phil Spencer goes all public on this, Jim won’t hold back.

“I hadn’t intended to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum.

Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends.

“After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.”

Ryan allegedly went live on Discord, called Phil Spencer, and told him: “Get rekt, N00b! I fck ur mom for 3 years after the contract ends,” while teabagging profusely.

Fair point, I guess. If Microsoft plans to keep CoD to itself after those three years, that might severely impact PlayStation’s next console launch. Because believe it or not, Call of Duty is still a big ticket item. And if the PlayStation 6 won’t be able to provide gamers with this worldwide renowned shooter, that might have dire consequences.

And that’s exactly the reason for Sony’s rebuttal in the Activision Blizzard takeover. It might not be such a big deal in the short term. But if you look a little further into the future, losing that “feature and content parity” Spencer mentioned could become a major game changer.

So, I guess that deal is off the table. Got anything else, Phil?