Sony is right to worry that Microsoft will, one day, make Call of Duty exclusive to the Xbox platform. Yes, we know that Microsoft has said that it won't do it anytime soon. But, who are we kidding? It doesn't make sense for Microsoft to make Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard properties available on all platforms forever.
You don't spend $70 billion to buy a company and give your biggest competitors unfettered access to its best games.
In a world where there may be questions over the future of Call of Duty and what platforms that might be on or might not be on, being platform agnostic and completely cross-platform with Battlefield, I think is a tremendous opportunity.
Of course, there's a reason why Microsoft bought Activision Blizzard and EA.
With more than 425 million units sold in two decades, Call of Duty moves the sales needle in a way that Battlefield just can't. In comparison, the Battlefield series has only sold a mere 57 million units over the same span. 2010's Call of Duty: Black Ops, which sold more than 30 million units, has sold more than half the entire Battlefield franchise combined. But, you have to give Wilson props for believing in the brand.
Hopefully, Wilson's confidence translates to real-life results. Regardless of whether Call of Duty jumps ship to the Xbox or not, Battlefield is not in a good position to capitalize on opportunities at all.
If it's any consolation, EA is making all the right moves. After meandering for almost a year, EA finally gave the reigns to Battlefield 2042 to someone capable of turning things around. The marquee shooter only just started showing signs of life and EA is promising big things for the future of Battlefield. Hopefully, by the time that Call of Duty becomes exclusive to the Xbox, Battlefield has recovered.