Microsoft to release ‘Call of Duty’ game on subscription service, according to source

Sanjana Dhar
Sanjana Dhar May 20, 2024
Updated 2024/05/20 at 8:20 AM
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Microsoft is planning to release the coming installment of the ‘Call Of Duty’ video game for the subscription service, a source familiar with the matter stated on Friday.

It is expected that the company will introduce it in the annual Xbox showcase which is to be held on June 9.

Microsoft acquired Call of duty through it’s buyout of Activision Blizzard in a $69 billion deal, which closed late last year. Call Of Duty is a first person shooter video game which is one of the most successful entertainment properties. The game has generated more than 30 billion in lifetime revenue. Activision has long released new editions of the game annually priced at around $70 each in recent years.

This development comes just days after Xbox President Sarah Bond said in a conference the company plans to release all first-party Xbox games on Game Pass on the day of their launch. Microsoft manages a subscription service called Game Pass, which offers access to games from Xbox and other developers for a fee.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news on Friday. According to Reuters, The Redmond, Washington-based company has tried to build out the Netflix-style game subscription services aggressively in recent years as part of its efforts to break the dominance of PlayStation consoles made by Japanese rival Sony Corp (6758.T), opening a new tab. Microsoft said in February Game Pass had 34 million subscribers, up from the 25 million it reported in 2022.

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