Microsoft is already hiking up the price of Call of Duty

Microsoft is already hiking up the price of Call of Duty

Written by 

Jack Marsh


17th Oct 2023 13:25

After engaging in a political swordfight for the ages, Microsoft has finally dealt the final slash and got its Activision acquisition complete.

As of October 13, Call of Duty has been under the control of Xbox and its owners Microsoft, and while this was set to be quite a massive step in the right direction for the community, we might have been too quick to jump the gun.

Less than a week after Call of Duty was signed over to its new owners, Microsoft is jacking up the price of the legacy titles, significantly.

Call of Duty legacy titles price yanked up after Microsoft acquisition

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Just as Microsoft got its hands firmly over the CoD series after the deal was passed in the United States back in July, we saw the soon-to-be owners revive the legacy titles by reactivating the servers on classic games like Black Ops 2.

The old-school titles were so popular when reactivated that they even outfoxed Halo Infinite and Battlefield 2042, and quickly went on to be monthly bestsellers.

Now though, Microsoft is jacking up the price of the Call of Duty games of old in certain countries, hiking up the price of Black Ops 2 from $21 to $49.

According to reports, Microsoft has upped the Steam price in Brazil and Turkey, with Call of Duty 1, Call of Duty 2, Black Ops 1, Black Ops 2, Modern Warfare 2 (2009), and Modern Warfare (2019) all being inflated among other Activision franchises.

Is Microsoft pricing players into buying Game Pass?


Although this has only come into force in Brazil and Turkey, this could be a test rolled out before Microsoft rolls out the price changes throughout the world. 

What this could mean for Microsoft is that it is waiting with bated breath to add these legacy titles to Game Pass, and therefore pricing players into buying the subscription service rather than plunder more money into Steam stores or other marketplaces.

When Call of Duty will come to Game Pass is a completely different debate though, with to-and-fro arguments hitting the timeline every other week.

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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