A scorching potato: One of many greatest questions surrounding Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is what is going to occur to the latter’s video games, particularly the favored Name of Obligation collection. They’re fears that it’s going to develop into unique to the Xbox consoles and PC, however at the least one particular person seems to be hoping this state of affairs will occur: EA boss Andrew Wilson, who says CoD exclusivity would deliver extra success to the corporate’s Battlefield video games.

Digital Arts CEO Wilson was talking at a latest Goldman Sachs occasion concerning the Microsoft/Activision deal and what Name of Obligation Xbox exclusivity may imply for EA’s multiplayer FPS collection, Battlefield, which has lengthy stood in CoD’s shadow.

“In a world the place there could also be questions over the way forward for Name of Obligation and what platforms that may be on or may not be on, being platform agnostic and fully cross-platform with Battlefield, I feel is an amazing alternative,” he mentioned (by way of SeekingAlpha/GameSpot).

Battlefield hasn’t had the very best time over the previous few years. 2018’s Battlefield V gained a number of constructive critiques however not everybody agreed. The Metacritic person rating of three.0 suggests it is a kind of titles critics favored higher than players.

Then there’s Battlefield 2042. There was fairly a bit of pleasure within the run-up to the discharge, just for it to develop into one of many worst-rated video games on Steam, the results of crashes, server points, poor efficiency, damaged automobiles, wandering bullets, and way more. There was even a petition from patrons demanding a full refund for what they referred to as an “unplayable” recreation. The shambles led to DICE’s head of design leaving and main reorganizations on the developer and writer EA.

Wilson acknowledged the earlier video games’ disappointing receptions. “I do not suppose we delivered within the final two iterations of that in the best way that we should always have,” he mentioned. “There’s a whole lot of work that we have got to do there. However at its very core, that is a rare IP. And what we have seen on this planet of leisure is, nice IP is resilient.”

The EA boss seems assured that the way forward for the collection, which incorporates a number of Battlefield “experiences,” is vibrant, even when CoD would not develop into unique to Microsoft platforms. “We have seen motion pictures not stay as much as the expectations of franchises. Star Wars may be one such franchise. After which you’ll be able to see what occurs whenever you get the proper inventive crew concerned, how they will fully reinvent and develop a franchise. And I feel we’ve got a rare inventive crew concerned in Battlefield now who’ve unbelievable ambitions to personal the first-person shooter area.”

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is dealing with elevated scrutiny from regulators over what is going to occur to Name of Obligation and different video games. Xbox boss Phil Spencer mentioned Microsoft is dedicated to preserving CoD on PlayStation for 3 extra years past the present deal Sony has with Activision, which covers the collection’ subsequent three releases, together with October’s Name of Obligation: Fashionable Warfare II. PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan referred to as the proposal “insufficient.”