Sony has criticized the change in stance by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which now appears to be siding with Microsoft in its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Jim Ryan, the head of Sony Interactive Entertainment, is not happy about this and has once again spoken out about the issue, focusing on Call of Duty.
As you may know, Sony believes that losing the franchise or having non-parity ports will harm PlayStation. Ryan also believes that many players will leave its ecosystem for Xbox when Microsoft has the long running franchise in its hands.
Now, the executive has stated that having degraded versions of the upcoming games in the series will damage PlayStation's reputation. He therefore insisted that the CMA needs to carefully consider everything to arrive at a conclusion.
JIM RYAN INSISTS THAT CALL OF DUTY IS VITAL FOR PLAYSTATION
As a reminder, Sony for some reason believes that Microsoft will sabotage Call of Duty games for PlayStation and offer inferior versions. Ryan still thinks this way, as he recently told the CMA that this could damage the reputation of PlayStation and Sony Interactive Entertainment.
"Any degradation in price, performance or quality of the game on PlayStation or any delay in release would quickly damage SIE's reputation and lead to a loss of market share and players," the executive said.
Ryan reiterated that this would also mean that many players would abandon PlayStation and go to Xbox where, supposedly, Call of Duty will have its best versions. Therefore, Ryan insists that the CMA should review certain points of its investigation and adjust its stance.
"It would seriously damage our reputation. Our players would abandon our platform in droves," Ryan told regulators.
In response, Microsoft reiterated that its commitment is to bring the series and games of Activision Blizzard to the largest number of players. Additionally, it clarified once again that it has no intention of "holding back or degrading" Call of Duty on any platform.