First-person shooters are something I rarely think of when it comes to Nintendo’s Switch console/handheld hybrid system. This doesn’t mean there are no decent FPS games on the now six-year-old console. However, major shoot-shoots found on competing platforms have yet to make their way to Nintendo. One of these absent franchises is Activision’s long-running Call of Duty series. Microsoft is hoping to change that.
Microsoft, pending the finalization of the Activision Blizzard acquisition, has signed a legally binding agreement to get Call of Duty on Nintendo hardware. MS’s president Brad Smith announced the 10-year agreement on Twitter: “We’ve now signed a binding 10-year contract to bring Xbox games to Nintendo’s gamers. This is just part of our commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms.”
We’ve now signed a binding 10-year contract to bring Xbox games to Nintendo’s gamers. This is just part of our commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms. pic.twitter.com/JmO0hzw1BO
— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) February 21, 2023
Now, something is missing from the statement. First, notice how Smith only refers to Nintendo players, not a specific console, unlike how he mentions XBOX and PlayStation. Since the Switch is approaching the end of a typical console’s lifecycle, the 10-year legal agreement will probably focus on Nintendo’s next major system release.
Considering there’s a new Call of Duty game roughly every year, and Warzone is a constantly updating free-to-play title, the next Nintendo console could launch with multiple COD titles ready to go.
Attempts to bring more recent shooters to the Switch have come with severe concessions. DOOM (2016) was entirely playable but lacked the visual fidelity and super smooth framerate on other systems and PCs. The less we talk about the Switch’s version of Apex Legends, the better. In fact, in my entire Switch library, I think I only have one FPS, and that’s DOOM 64. The console’s strengths lie elsewhere, which is not bad.
Microsoft is facing challenges all over the globe regarding the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. If the deal falls through, will all plans to get Call of Duty on Nintendo’s future hardware to be scrapped? Let us know your thoughts below.[Source: Twitter]
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