Microsoft Wants To Bring Call Of Duty To Switch

Microsoft Wants To Bring Call Of Duty To Switch
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Written by 

Joseph Kime


11th Feb 2022 10:18

Call of Duty has been in a weird spot for the last few weeks, but it's starting to level out. After the announcement of Microsoft's purchase of Activision Blizzard, the future of the series anywhere but on an Xbox console looked murky.

But, after some time, we've finally had some kind of confirmation that Microsoft won't make the publisher's top titles Xbox exclusives.

Of course, they'll do something to sweeten the pot - likely throw legacy titles on Game Pass and introduce new ones there on day one - but thankfully, PlayStation fans won't have to fret about their future with the franchise.

But, it seems that we've been looking at this too narrowly. Who's to say that this is a conversation between Microsoft and Sony? In fact - where are Nintendo in all of this? 

Microsoft Seem Keen To Get Call of Duty On Nintendo Consoles

Microsoft Wants To Bring Call Of Duty To Switch
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In an interview with CNBC, Microsoft president Brad Smith has suggested that there is no intention to withhold Call of Duty from any other consoles - including those owned by Nintendo.

"One of the things we're being very clear about as we move forward with the regulatory review of this acquisition is that great titles like Call of Duty from Activision Blizzard today will continue to be available on PlayStation," he said. "We'd like to bring it to Nintendo devices. We'd like to bring the other popular titles that Activision Blizzard has and ensure that they continue to be available on PlayStation [and] that they become available on Nintendo."

This is interesting, as though it isn't the first time that Call of Duty has appeared on a Nintendo console, but to port over entire games (which would probably be the case now) is immensely ambitious.

Can The Nintendo Switch Cope With Modern Call Of Duty?

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It's hard to predict that the Switch would get a simple port. With the franchise's history of lofty visual fidelity and immense file sizes, the likes of Vanguard simply wouldn't make it onto the lesser-powered Switch, and if it tried to adapt to a cloud version, it's hard to conceive that it would remain the same experience.

It might take a lot of work, but the idea of bringing Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles, whether that be the Switch or whatever comes next, would open the franchise up nicely for more accessibility across the industry.


After all, the absolute dominion over the gaming industry has only one place left to go - and it's to Mario's domain. Who knows how it'll work, but whichever form it takes, there's only one thing that's for sure - and that's that it'll make serious bank.


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