Sony has claimed that the Battlefield franchise cannot significantly compete with Obligationsin the latest news emerging from Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
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The comments were made in response by Sony to the UK government’s inquiry into the proposed acquisition (via pc gamer). Sony stated that Obligationsa series owned by Activision Blizzard, has achieved such a level of success that other publishers cannot keep up.
sony said that ObligationsThe success of “is not replicable”, arguing that it is too entrenched for any rival to achieve, regardless of their resources. The company notes that the franchise has been the best-selling game “nearly every year for the past decade” and is “overwhelmingly” the best-selling game in the first-person shooter genre.
“Other publishers don’t have the resources or experience to match their success,” Sony said. “To give a concrete example, Electronic Arts, one of the largest third-party developers after Activision, has tried for many years to produce a rival for Obligations with his Battlefield Serie.
Despite the similarities between Obligations Y Battlefield – and despite EA’s track record of developing other successful AAA franchises (such as fifa, mass effect, need for speedY Star Wars: Battlefront) – the Battlefield the franchise can’t keep up. Until August 2021, more than 400 million Obligations games have been sold, while Battlefield has sold only 88.7 million copies.
However, one person who probably disagrees with Sony is EA CEO Andrew Wilson, who stated in September that the prospect of Obligations being an Xbox exclusive is a “tremendous opportunity” for Battlefield.
For its part, Microsoft has claimed that it offered Sony a 10-year deal to keep the franchise on PlayStation and has repeatedly pushed back on the idea that it plans to make it exclusive to the Xbox ecosystem. However, Sony has repeatedly argued that nothing would stop Microsoft from changing its mind on exclusivity, and that consumers could switch from PlayStation to Xbox to continue playing the franchise.
Microsoft has stated that despite mounting scrutiny, it is confident the deal will go ahead. However, the Federal Trade Commission is likely to file an antitrust lawsuit to prevent the acquisition.