Microsoft explains how it will introduce Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch in a statement asking that the UK’s Competition and Market Authority regulator approve the purchase of Activision Blizzard. As Call of Duty has only recently been available on Nintendo hardware, it would be difficult to bring current games to the Nintendo Switch. But Microsoft would have to work hard over the next ten years to make that happen if its acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes through.
The last Call of Duty game released on a Nintendo console was nearly a decade ago. Activision Blizzard hasn’t committed to a Nintendo platform since Call of Duty: Ghosts’ 2013 transfer to the Wii U. However, Microsoft did commit to offering Call of Duty games for Nintendo platforms 10 years in the future in order to attract international regulators let them agree to buy it.
An overview of Microsoft’s plans to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch has been included in a letter to show the CMA that the company is committed to meeting the terms of the deal. Initially, Microsoft says that Call of Duty is available in two versions: a free-to-play Warzone release and a purchase-to-play Call of Duty release. Microsoft says that the Call of Duty: Warzone engine has been optimized to work with “a wide range of hardware devices,” including PC hardware, in this regard. So, it’s more than flexible enough to work on Switch.
Due to Activision’s tradition of producing high-calibre games and the Nintendo Switch is a more powerful console than many other systems. So that Microsoft claims to have received a guarantee that purchasing a copy of Call of Duty to play will also enable transferring to that console. It includes games from other publishers which have been ported to the Switch in order to demonstrate that the system is more than able of being a high-performing multiplayer online game such as Apex Legends and Fortnite.
For a number of different reasons, Activision chose not to continue releasing Call of Duty games for Nintendo consoles. And still even one of those reasons wouldn’t be sufficient to bring Call of Duty on Nintendo hardware. Activision is totally possible, but Microsoft’s persistence will make it happen.