Microsoft President Brad Smith in his microblog reported on signing a deal with Nintendo to publish Xbox games on its platforms, and in particular shooters from the Call of Duty series.
The fact that Microsoft has committed to making Call of Duty available on Nintendo consoles for 10 years was reported back in December. At that time, however, it was only about verbal agreements between the two companies.
Now Microsoft and Nintendo have signed a similar legal agreement. Call of Duty games will be released on Nintendo consoles on the same day and with the same features and content as other target platforms.
Smith pointed out that the deal made with Nintendo is only part of an initiative by Microsoft. “to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms”.
“We are committed to providing long-term and equal access to Call of Duty on other gaming systems, expanding player choice and increasing competition in the gaming market.”Microsoft said in a statement.
Microsoft had previously given similar guarantees (Call of Duty for 10 years) to Valve with its Steam service and was ready to deliver Sony, but the Japanese platform owner is in no hurry to agree to the terms of a competitor.
Microsoft’s deal with Nintendo comes into effect when US platform owner Activision acquires Blizzard for $68.7 billion. The deal’s completion is currently blocked by US and European regulators.