Call of Duty is a famous first-person shooter (FPS) franchise that is counted among the most popular gaming series in the world, and it releases a main game every year. It is the bestselling FPS franchise ever, which has been verified by Guinness World Records, and it is also the most financially successful video game series to originate from the United States.
Leaks and rumors with purported updates are common in the video game industry, and Call of Duty has its fair share of them too. The latest rumor, if true, could be great news for Xbox owners but not so much for PlayStation owners.
What does the Call of Duty leak claim?
As per the latest rumor, it looks like certain games from the Call of Duty franchise are about to join the Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Given the series’ global popularity, it will be a big boost to the Xbox Game Pass if and when they’re added. Already existing deals with Sony and PlayStation would mean that the latest games can’t be added to the service yet, but that doesn’t apply to older titles.
While no plans have been announced by Microsoft to add Call of Duty games to the Xbox Game Pass, there is some proof to suggest that it is in the works and likely to happen sooner rather than later. Several users online have reported that they’ve received messages pointing to games like Ghosts and Black Ops 2 being added to the service. Adding older titles like these might seem strange at first glance, but it’s worth pointing out that plenty of these games still have active multiplayer communities. We’ll have to wait for more news from Microsoft and Activision to know for sure, though it does look likely.
What is the latest news about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard?
Speaking of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, the former’s acquisition of the latter is expected to close by October 18, 2023. In good news for Microsoft, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provisionally approved Microsoft’s deal to buy Activision Blizzard, having blocked it earlier this year, in April. They had cited apprehensions over cloud gaming and how the deal would negatively impact that sector.
Now, though, they’ve approved the revised deal that Microsoft had submitted to them in August. As part of that deal, Microsoft will sell the streaming rights to all Activision Blizzard games released in the next fifteen years to French developer and publisher Ubisoft, known for its Assassin’s Creed games. The deal still hasn’t been fully approved by the CMA, as a few smaller concerns remain, but it is expected that it will be approved by October 6 when they announce their final decision.