The UK’s regulator, investigating Sony and Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision, has made a number of previously confidential documents public. And now, according to a recent reference from Sony, the official release date for PlayStation 6 won’t be until at least 2027.
This report was made public today as part of a thorough investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority into Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Sony has expressed opposition to this agreement. Basically, the question of how long Call of Duty and other games will continue on PlayStation is frequently brought up.
As part of the UK regulatory authority CMA’s inquiry into the Microsoft Activision Blizzard acquisition, a new undisclosed document from Sony PlayStation was publicly disclosed. It was revealed in the papers that by 2027, PlayStation may lose its rights to the Call of Duty series and that at the same time, it also has plans to introduce the next-gen PlayStation 6 consoles.
Overall, the CMA will determine whether or not to approve this commercial deal, but there was one noteworthy fact. The lengthy document from Sony concerning Call of Duty stated that “Microsoft has offered to continue making Activision’s games available on PlayStation just until 2027,” and that five years is hardly sufficient time to find a substitute.
Sony currently doesn’t expect the launch of a new PlayStation 6 consoles until 2027. This time, it’s not just some arbitrary leak from an unreliable source; Sony is actually speaking about the upcoming PlayStation devices as part of its formal comments on the UK Competition and Market Authority statement.
Although the exact release date has been withheld, it appears that Sony plans to release its next-generation gaming systems after 2027. The thought of losing COD must be a significant source of frustration for Sony. It is unknown whether Sony has accepted Microsoft’s 10-year contract, which is in addition to the current agreement they have with Activision.