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There are whispers of ‘Call of Duty’ on Game Pass on day one. Microsoft clearly wants a subscription avalanche.

By triji May 21, 2024
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A landing on the subscription service is mentioned in the first leaks that have been associated with Microsoft’s ambitions.

Since it became public knowledge that Microsoft intended to acquire Activision Blizzard, and after the entire legal process that lasted for twenty-one months and culminated with the company achieving its objective, there was one franchise that stood out among all others, as an obvious part of the interests that moved with this operation: “Call of Duty.” The military first-person shooter is the crown jewel of Activision’s collection, and there have been persistent rumors that Microsoft would be interested in utilizing it to bolster the Game Pass offer.

A thousand-yard game pass is available. The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft may have different intentions and launch it directly on Game Pass, despite the fact that the option that appears to be the most logical for Microsoft would be to sell the subsequent installments of the saga separately and in multiplatform mode in order to maximize the commercial potential of the saga. This would not, of course, imply that the game would be exclusive; it would continue to be released on Playstation, and there would be the opportunity for anyone who do not have Game Pass to purchase it independently on Xbox and PC. However, Game Pass would have it from the very beginning.

The numbers are mind-boggling. Microsoft paid a total of $68.7 billion to acquire Activision, and the ‘Call of Duty’ brand has produced a total of $30 billion to this day, thanks to the fact that it has sold 25 million copies throughout the course of its existence. Without a doubt, Microsoft is interested in carefully squeezing that precious property in order to produce the greatest possible profit. The question that needs to be answered is whether or not the company’s subscription service, Game Pass, is going to achieve a significant amount of additional and improved features on the very first day of its launch.

This is the conundrum. Microsoft is currently facing a decision that, if not carried out appropriately, has the potential to cause the company more than one pain. The video game franchise known as “Call of Duty” is one of the few that is still well-known enough to generate sales on its own, even with full-price deliveries and from the very first day of release. To what extent, however, is Microsoft ready to forego those sales in order to provide a boost to Game Pass subscriptions that it most likely would not receive with any other property on the market? As a matter of fact, ‘Call of Duty’ was at the center of all the issues that caused Activision’s legal purchase procedure to drag out for such a long time: the drama may provide Microsoft with an almost monopolistic advantage over cloud gaming.

The precedent set by ‘Starfield‘ was. “Starfield,” the most recent blockbuster to be released by Bethesda (which went through a process comparable to that of Activision a few years earlier, when it was acquired by Microsoft), was made available on Game Pass on the very first day of its release. This may be interpreted as a modest pre-test for the arrival of “Call of Duty” at your service for the first time. Although the statistics were significant, even in purchases that were not related to Game Pass, the impact was seen most strongly in the service itself: Microsoft asserts that they smashed the record for the number of new subscriptions to Game Pass on the day that the service was released. There is no information available regarding the specific figures; but, if they have been sufficiently appealing, Microsoft may be contemplating the potential of surpassing them with ‘Call of Duty’.

There should be more players. “Although we have no plans to include ‘Modern Warfare 3’ or ‘Diablo 4’ in Game Pass this year, once the agreement is closed, we hope to start working with Xbox to bring our titles to more players around the world,” Activision Blizzard wrote in a post that was released on social networks in October of last year. The most recent installment of ‘Diablo’ was released on Game Pass in March of last year, and the reason behind this is crystal clear: to attract an increasing number of members to Game Pass. As of right now (February 2024), there are approximately 34 million subscribers; nevertheless, it is abundantly evident that Microswoft is going to do everything in its power to ensure that the number continues to increase without any interruptions.

The destiny of the Call of Duty brand has been one of the most significant questions that have arisen in relation to Microsoft’s controversial acquisition of Activision Blizzard for a sum of $69 billion USD. More specifically, the question has been whether or not the firm would make the courageous decision to include the games in its Game Pass subscription as soon as they were released.

That question, if a recent report from The Verge is to be believed, had still been a significant one within Microsoft until quite recently. The outlet claimed that it was still being decided as to how it might safely integrate Call of Duty – a series that typically sells millions upon millions of copies at full whack – into something like Game Pass. This question has been a major concern for Microsoft for quite some time. According to rumors, one of the ideas was to increase the price of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tier once more and incorporate it in that pricing structure.

In addition to what has been stated by The Verge, a new report from The Wall Street Journal claims (according to sources who are familiar with the matter) that Microsoft has in fact made a call, and that the company will be announcing during its upcoming Xbox and Call of Duty Redacted Showcase that the next major title in the series, which is believed to be a new Black Ops game, will most certainly be included in at least one Xbox Game Pass tier.

And following the very disastrous Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III that was released the previous year, it might potentially be just the ticket to get fans back on board without committing to a complete purchase. If this is true, it will undoubtedly be a major deal for both Xbox and Call of Duty. You can read the report from the Wall Street Journal (which is behind a paywall) here, despite the fact that Microsoft has not commented on anything and most likely won’t till the event occurring the following month.

If you are eager to find out as soon as it is announced, you can find all of the information and local times to watch the Xbox Games Showcase 2024 in our guide to all of June’s major gaming showcases right here. If you are interested in finding out, you can discover all of the facts and local schedules right here.

Xbox Game Pass is already a fantastic value; yet, it is lacking one major video game series that may make it indispensable for gamers who are passionate about first-person shooters.

As we speak, we are discussing Call of Duty, the massively successful military combat brand that is known for its intense multiplayer modes that leave players in a state of tense excitement.

Given that Microsoft, the parent company of Xbox, now owns Activision Blizzard, the company that makes Call of Duty, you might be wondering why the company’s most popular games are not currently available on Game Pass. However, there is a significant catch: the Call of Duty franchise is very certainly going to be included in the gaming subscription service at some time in the future. However, there is a significant condition.

Exactly when it will be released is a bit more difficult to determine, and the recent layoffs that have occurred in Microsoft’s gaming division have only served to make the situation even more unclear.

An intriguing piece of information regarding Call of Duty’s inclusion in gaming Pass emerged in the midst of all the turmoil that came about as a result of Microsoft’s shake-up at Bethesda last week, which, in case you missed it, resulted in the closure of three gaming studios.

Tom Warren, who writes for The Verge, disclosed that Microsoft was not only “debating” whether or not to include fresh editions of Call of Duty on the service, but that the company was also contemplating increasing the price of its subscriptions. To be more specific, he highlighted the possibility of an increase for the most expensive tier of Game Pass, which is called Ultimate and costs £13 per month and allows users to download and stream games.

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