Both Sony and Microsoft have crossed accusations and informed regulators in different regions to respectively stop or approve Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. One of the most frequently asked questions was whether the agreement would lead to Call of Duty, Diablo, Overwatch and other franchises becoming Xbox exclusive titles. Phil Spencer, the CEO of Xbox, was quick to say that wouldn’t necessarily be the case, as they apparently want to make the games available to even more people around the world. Obviously, there will be some exceptions, and Sony’s lawyers will no doubt resort to this one.
Because IGN France got to chat with the head of studio Arkane, harvey smithas part of Redfall’s latest press presentation (which we also attended to test the game, which you can also read about here), and revealed that Redfall was also originally going to be released on PlayStation 5. That changed when the company was acquired by Microsoft, and the new bosses ordered the studio to cancel the PS5 version and focus solely on Xbox Series and PC.
It’s not exactly an unusual decision, but Sony will no doubt highlight it at the next meeting with the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), as it tries to convince regulators that Microsoft could do something similar with video games. Activision Blizzard if the deal is approved.