. On the occasion of this dispute, the Japanese revealed that they plan to create 6 (if the naming is not suddenly changed). However, the date has been removed from publicly available documents. However, much can be deduced from the content of the entire paragraph.
PlayStation 6 in five or six years?
(British competition authority) of October 28, Sony mentions the next generation of consoles in the context of Call of Duty.
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Sony – opposing the purchase of Activision Blizzard by – used the third most profitable game brand in history, namely Call of Duty. If there is a merger, it will go to Microsoft, which, according to the Japanese, will receive PlayStation customers in this way.
Microsoft defended that Sony was overestimating the brand, but offered them to keep Call of Duty on the PlayStation for another 10 years. Such an offer – was supposed to appear on November 11. The earlier ones, however, were not so favorable.
According to the CMA documents, Microsoft initially proposed to keep Activision on PlayStation until 2027. Microsoft was to say that they planned to release Call of Duty on PlayStation as long as “as long as it pays off”. According to Sony, it is 2027 that marks this moment, because the company plans to release the next generation of consoles … and here is the date, but it has been hidden in the documents.
Sony points out that with the launch of PlayStation 6 and the simultaneous loss of rights to Activision games, including Call of Duty, the Japanese brand will be “extremely exposed” to the loss of customers and competitiveness on the market.
Equalizing the loss of rights to Call of Duty and the premiere of the next generation of PlayStation suggests that a new one it will appear in 2027 or in 2028. This would be consistent with the release cycle of subsequent generations of consoles, which appeared at intervals of 6-7 years. Piers Harding-Rolls, a game market analyst who got this information, suggests that it may be 2028 (8 years after the release of PS5), due to the slow start of the current generation. This happened during a pandemic, which reduced the availability of processors, and thus the purchase of a new generation console is not as easy as in previous generations.
What’s next for Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard?
16 countries decided to take a look at the merger. So far, only Saudi Arabia and Brazil have agreed to it. Microsoft expects that Serbia will also give its consent soon.
The UK, on the other hand, said it needed to look deeper into the matter. The problem is, among other things, the issue of game streaming. In September, the British expressed concern that the combined game libraries of Microsoft and Blizzard would give the company an “unparalleled advantage” over competitors in the streaming market. Microsoft, however, refutes these arguments and claims that nothing will be gained from the merger in this regard, since Activision Blizzard’s streaming does not support their cloud technology, Azure.
Microsoft itself complains that the takeover is much more difficult than four years ago, when – in their opinion – no one would scrutinize the transaction so thoroughly. In the case of LinkedIn’s acquisition in 2016, the consent of not 16, but only six governments was needed. If the merger fails, Microsoft will have to pay Activision Blizzard $3 billion. Both companies, however, have an interest in closing the transaction. Microsoft wants to become an even bigger player in the market, and Activision wants to get rid of the reputational scratch that appeared last year,