Microsoft & Nintendo Sign Binding 10-year Deal to Release Call of Duty on Switch

Microsoft announced today that it has signed a binding deal to bring the Call of Duty Franchise to Nintendo platforms for the next 10 years.

-Foxtrot102d ago

To downgraded mediocre, sloppy seconds COD games

SullysCigar102d ago

^ What Foxtrot said - but moreover, "day and date" with xbox and PlayStation, with "full feature and content parity".... on a Switch? Did they just hamstring COD?

At the very least, I'm expecting delays due to development problems.

The3faces102d ago

The Xbox Family! Definitely great times ahead!

Army_of_Darkness102d ago

Enjoy that 720p @30fps COD...... 😏

crazyCoconuts102d ago (Edited 102d ago )

To add to Sully + fox, if Activision thought COD could be successful on the Switch, they would have made it available on that platform already.
Why wouldn't they? Either because the demand wouldn't be there for it or as you guys said they'd have to compromise too much in terms of quality of the games. Either way, MS is making a sacrifice here. I wonder if it's all worth it
Oh, just thought of this... What if they're doing it with streaming?

Flawlessmic102d ago

Exactly sully

This is just Ms playing politics saying hey look it'll be on Nintendo now to make them selves look better, when one Nintendo owners couldn't care less about it and 2 clearly wasn't selling enough for Activision to care either.

rlow1102d ago

The Switch is coming to the end of its life. I think MS knows some things about Nintendo that the rest of us don’t. New console maybe……

agnosticgamer101d ago

Why bash it being offered to new gamers? Same day and date release all dlc same day and date… not all people can afford the high-end systems and for them this could be the best option.

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Flawlessmic102d ago

Welcome Nintendo?

Thanks for the laugh.

Can't say I'm looking forward to a hamstrung version of cod tbh.

People don't buy Nintendo's for cod but cool take it away at some point from the 10s of millions of people that actually do buy a certain console to play it.

Gamer_Dude102d ago

I believe the parity was referring to features and content, not graphics.

Flawlessmic102d ago (Edited 102d ago )

Mate, these new consoles can do so much more than a Nintendo console.

Its more than just reso and fps, it's like the jedi survivors devs came put and said, they wouldnt be able to make the game they want if they made it for older consoles aswell.

So the game will be hamstrung in one way or another, smaller spaces, no advanced physics, Ai and all sorts of other stuff that have nothing to do with reso and fps.

Anyone that believes older harder doesn't hold current gen games back is seriously fooling themselves.

PureBlood102d ago

^ Gamer_Dude, nobody has even implied otherwise - what's the point you're trying to make?

Obscure_Observer102d ago (Edited 102d ago )

"Welcome Nintendo?"

Yes. By signing this deal, Nintendo has positioned itself in favor of Microsoft´s acquisition of Activision/Blizzard, and, by doing so, they might benefit from it by getting more than just COD.

"Can't say I'm looking forward to a hamstrung version of cod tbh.

Nor are Nintendo. They´re not stupid.

Next month the Nintendo Switch will be a 6 year old console. So imo, Nintendo is obviously looking forward not only for COD but to all of the Xbox first party games that they can possible get, and get it ported to their next gen console, yet to be announced/revealed.

I´m expecting Nintendo´s next gen console to be superior, or at very least as powerful as the Xbox Series S, increasing their chances on getting ports for new upcoming Xbox AAA first party games, including Starfield and TESVI.

Necr0philiac102d ago

Nintendo Switch 2 will be out by November 2024

JackBNimble101d ago

Who are they taking cod away from?
And who is "they" anyway... sony or MS?
Considering MS has offered Sony a 10 year deal one could say it's Sony taking cod away by turning a deal down.

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Vengeance1138102d ago

Do you think Microsoft just acquired Nintendo or something?? What are you even on about.

Aloymetal102d ago

The green camp showing its true colors once again, only reason they're cheering on this MS/Activision deal is because they know that sooner or later COD (and a few other games) won't be on PS platform. It's kinda sad since this deal won't bring anything new for the xbox fanbase, COD has been on xbox since forever but as long as it doesn't come to PS they'll be happy.

fr0sty102d ago (Edited 102d ago )

I see MS is making the rounds... "Open up that checkbook and we'll give you this aging and worn down game franchise that people won't even be playing anymore in a decade, for a decade. No, add a few more zeroes to the end... there we go..."

Not a care in the world for the fact that they are cannibalizing their own franchise by selling the rights to release gimped versions of it on weak handhelds. They've always prioritized short term profit over long term success.

GotGame818102d ago

Modern Warfare 2 was the biggest selling game, in 2022! Sales say you're wrong.

AnotherGamer102d ago

To what? They're not buying Nintendo or anything.

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Thundercat77102d ago

Oh Nintendo... you will know the consequences of laying in bed with Microsoft.

Obscure_Observer102d ago

Eventually, Sony will be "laying in bed" with Microsoft as well, and you´ll be here making lame excuses for them.

"Oh, poor Sony, they had no choice but laying in bed with Microsoft because they care about us gamers".

Fun times ahead.

darkrider102d ago

They care? Oohhh honey....

Flakegriffin102d ago (Edited 102d ago )

You console fanboys are strange.

notachance102d ago

it's guys like you that actually enables MS to be this pathetic

thesoftware730102d ago (Edited 102d ago )

Sony already laid with MS,

Azura cloud service
Minecraft(Continued support)
ESO(continued support)

It's just that now MS is treating Sony like a cheap Wh***, and Sony went Master class Karen on them.....


ChiefofLoliPolice102d ago

I always knew you were a fanboy. Now I'm also convinced your a moron too.

Traecy102d ago

Keep kissing. 🤣🤣🤣

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CrimsonWing69102d ago

Haven’t they already been in bed with them? Ori is on the Switch and so is Minecraft…

What are the consequences of laying in bed with Microsoft, exactly?

Aloymetal102d ago

''What are the consequences of laying in bed with Microsoft, exactly?''
Waking up to soaked sheets or even a giant hot turd under the pillow.

Hofstaderman102d ago

Waking up to Phil with a ton of spent lube tubes all over the place.

Asplundh102d ago

Exactly. Viva Pinita on DS, Banjo in Smash and the recent 007 Golden Eye, its nothing new they've had a working relationship for a while now.

PureBlood102d ago

Not under these circumstances. This makes it look like - from the outside, at least - Nintendo have taken a side here... and probably a bunch of cash, knowing how MS loves to flash it and Nintendo loves to receive it. No pun intended - it is what it is!

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Hypertension140102d ago

So now all of a sudden you Xbox guys don't care if last gen hardware holds this generation back? Jesus you fanboys are unbelievable.

Obscure_Observer102d ago

"So now all of a sudden you Xbox guys don't care if last gen hardware holds this generation back?"

This deal is about the next gen Nintendo console, dude. Next month the Switch will be a 6 year console. So just stop with this "holding this generation back" nonsense.

Lightning77102d ago

I'm not for this deal to go through or anything. But when's the last time a 3rd party multiplat game on Switch has brought down PS5 and Series X versions of games?

Ryzza5101d ago

Who said anything about last gen hardware? It's more likely that a new Nintendo device is expected to be revealed soon.

darkrider102d ago

Microsoft pr campaign at full force. Over 9000. Nintendo really needs Cod... We all see the poor sales of the switch....

onisama102d ago

providing a games on a platform that has millions of gamers is always need try at least leaving those 3rd party games come to every platform

darkrider102d ago

Sony needs to try leaving 3rd party games to every platform. ... Sony isn't buying any publisher. Sony didn't buy beteshda and Activision-blizzard.... Wrong company

ActualEngineer101d ago

@darkrider ... the only reason Sony isn't buying any publisher, is because they can't afford to buy any publisher nor spend a long time of barely making ends meet so that they can afford to absorb a big merger. If Sony had the ability to buy a publisher then they DEFINITELY would have. Get real dude.

SurgicalMenace101d ago

You guys are always talking about who can and can't afford something. Sony is a billion dollar company that's been in the industry for well over 25 years. It just amazes me that individuals who are less likely to earn over 100k can determine how these companies are managed. Since they're so broke, how are they leading the pack with no money? Strange claim to be sure.

PureBlood102d ago

Yeah, doesn't this kind of ruin their "Well Nintendo don't seem to need COD" angle?

I'm all for choice for the people that only have Switch, but since they've committed to feature and content parity, this is not good news for ANY other gamer.

ActualEngineer101d ago

It's not good news for poor fanboys that can't afford to own all consoles. Also WHO EVEN PLAYS FPS WITH A CONTROLLER ?! ... get a pc.

KillBill101d ago

"...over 122 million Switches with 994 million copies of games had been sold for the platform."

Father__Merrin102d ago

It's great Nintendo users can play call of duty but it will be worst version combined with the archaic online system. I I hope it's not cross play

Sgt_Slaughter102d ago

This is most likely for the next Switch system, which will have PS4-or-higher graphics and DLSS to upscale to 4K when docked, which is more than sufficient for CoD.

ActualEngineer101d ago

It can use DLSS for the mobile edition aswell. Rendering in 720p and upscaling to full HD.

Vengeance1138102d ago (Edited 102d ago )

lmao Nintendo doesn't care if they get CoD or not, Switch cant even run CoD to any acceptable degree. This is just a facade.
Is the Switch version of port of the CoD on Android / iOS or something?

343_Guilty_Spark102d ago

It could run COD mobile just fine….and that is a pretty good game.

PureBlood102d ago

What's that got to do with anything, given they've committed to content and feature parity?

porkChop102d ago

In all likelihood this deal isn't about the Switch. It's about Nintendo's next console. We know it's releasing within the next year or so. By the time this acquisition finalizes it would be too late to bring anything to Switch this year.