Microsoft plan on bringing all Call of Duty games to PC and Xbox via Game Pass Ultimate when they merge BattleNet by August this year, our sources claim.
Like they did with most major Bethesda titles, Microsoft plan on bringing a large catalog of Activision/Blizzard games directly to it’s AUD$14.99 service later this year, this includes all Call of Duty games as well as the highly anticipated sequel Overwatch 2.
According to our sources, Microsoft plan on giving the PC social media and digital distribution service BattleNet a huge overhaul in the coming months.
Microsoft acquired Blizzard/Activision in a massive USD$69b deal in January 2022. After review a thorough review the Federal Trade Commission have allegedly come to the conclusion that the deal does not violate antitrust laws and the acquisition will be entirely completed in the first quarter of the 2023 fiscal year which starts July 1st, 2022.
The planned BattleNet overhaul will reportedly merge existing digital purchases of the Xbox Store, Game Pass and BattleNet which means that if you own a digital copy Call of Duty game on Xbox consoles, you will have access to them on PC as well, effectively making select Activision/Blizzard games Xbox Play Anywhere titles.
Unfortunately, this will only affect Xbox Game Pass systems so unfortunately PlayStation gamers will not get instant access to the Activision/Blizzard titles which include the Call of Duty series and Overwatch 2.
However, numerous sources have revealed that Microsoft are trying to strike a deal with Sony to bring Game Pass to the PlayStation.
“Microsoft and Xbox’s future is Games as a Service. They want to make future Call of Duty games exclusive to Game Pass. Their ultimate objective is to make the Game Pass available on all systems. It’s worth noting that they’re not calling Bethesda’s most anticipated Starfield game an Xbox exclusive, but rather a Game Pass exclusive,” the source claimed.
Bethesda’s triple-A space role-playing game Starfield was initially supposed to launch simultaneously on PC, PlayStation and Xbox until the ZeniMax, Bethesda’s parent company, was acquired by Microsoft in a USD$7.5b deal in March, 2021.
Starfield will now launch exclusively on Game Pass devices such as Xbox Series X|S and Windows 10 PCs on 11 November.
All Call of Duty titles, as well as Overwatch 2, will also be available on Xbox consoles and WIndows 10 PCs via the Xbox Game Pass later this year.