Microsoft admits that Sony has many “quality” exclusive games than its own.
This statement is included in the just-released documents regarding Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
of Microsoft response In response to the CMA Issues Statement, it argues that the proposed merger would be pro-competitive due to Sony’s position as the dominant platform owner.
“In addition to being the dominant console provider, Sony is also a strong game publisher,” reads Microsoft’s response. “Sony is about as big as Activision and almost double the size of Microsoft’s game publishing business.”
Sony’s exclusive first-party franchises such as God of War, The Last of Us, and recently acquired Destiny 2 have been described as “iconic.”
“There will be over 280 exclusive first- and third-party titles on PlayStation in 2021, almost five times more than on Xbox.”
Later in the document, to prove that the merger would not have anti-competitive effects, Microsoft said:
“Both Sony and Nintendo exclusive first-party games rank among the best-selling in Europe and globally.” “Current Sony exclusive content includes The Last of Us, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, Spiderman It includes well-known in-house titles such as
It also suggests that Sony has “entered into agreements with third-party publishers requiring them to ‘exclude’ Xbox from the set of platforms on which they can distribute their games.”
Examples include Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Bloodborne, Final Fantasy 16, and Silent Hill 2 Remake.
It also claims that, although specific figures have been removed, it is console exclusive that PlayStation accounts for a higher percentage of global game sales than Xbox. The “importance of exclusive first-party portfolios” suggests that these percentages will be even higher.
“Sony, a major console with a lead of more than 2 to 1, cannot be seized as a result of its inability to access a single franchise,” the document argues, specifically referring to Call of Duty. increase.
Microsoft also commented on Nintendo’s exclusive games, claiming they “offer a broader range of adult content than Xbox.”
“CMA misunderstands that the Nintendo Switch is primarily family-oriented. It ignores the fact that it is marketed publicly,” Microsoft said.
“Nintendo’s use of innovation should not detract from the fact that it still offers a console experience that competes with Xbox and Sony, and successfully does so without Call of Duty on that platform (the previous Nintendo consoles have Call of Missions)”.
Last month, Microsoft’s financial results Game Pass subscription service misses growth targets for second year in a rowThe main reason is widely seen as the lack of prominent exclusive distributors.
Then again, Obsidian’s Josh Sawyer admitted: Unique games like the exclusive Pentiment wouldn’t be possible without Game Pass.
On the other hand, Sony Refused to add exclusives to PS Plus on day one – And they continue to sell very well.