Recently Surfaced Message Erupts Excitement of Call of Duty Coming On Xbox Game Pass

Published 09/25/2023, 11:30 AM EDT

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Activision the studio that developed the Call of Duty series is now acquired by Microsoft. With that, Microsoft is slowly increasing its game library to compete with Sony’s PlayStation. While Activision wasn’t the only company that was taken over by Microsoft, this has been the most expensive acquisition in gaming history.

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After spending $68.7 billion on Activision, it’s only fair that Microsoft works hard on monetizing its purchase. Activision came along with Blizzard offering many interesting games including World of Warcraft to Microsoft’s library. While the acquisition is still in process, fans cannot wait to find out which new titles will make it to the Xbox Game Pass.

Call of Duty speculated for the Xbox Game Pass

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In a recent update, players attempting to purchase Call of Duty Black Ops 2 are getting an interesting prompt message on the purchasing page of the game. The message reads, “You receive this item for free with your gaming subscription. Continue to check out and use it forever!”

This suggests that Call of Duty Black Ops 2 is coming out for players subscribed to Xbox Game Pass and players could not be more excited. Players who own the Game Pass can claim the game and download it to jump into the action.

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The news has got players speculating the next few games to be announced for the Xbox Game Pass. It is important to note that this finding is based on the message in the store, and there is no official confirmation from Activision at this point. If all Call of Duty titles were to be included in subscription services, it could provide subscribers with access to a popular gaming franchise without additional costs. This move could attract more players to subscribe to the Xbox Game Pass.

Microsoft triumphs over CMA

While Xbox won the case when it came to FTC vs. Microsoft in the United States, the deal faced regulatory scrutiny in the United Kingdom from the Competition and Markets Authority. The CMA had expressed similar concerns to those raised by the FTC when it came to the acquisition of Activision Blizzard King.

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CMA raised concerns about the impact of the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard deal, especially when it came to being about cloud gaming. The regulatory body wanted assurances that the deal wouldn’t negatively affect competition in the gaming industry and Microsoft answered with a collaboration with Ubisoft.

Microsoft and Ubisoft entered a 15-year agreement with a clause stating that Activision, Blizzard, and King titles would not be exclusive to Xbox Cloud Gaming. This collaboration promised players using Ubisoft’s streaming services, to get access to games like the Call of Duty series and many more. The CMA issued a statement indicating that Microsoft had offered remedies to ensure that the terms of the sale of Activision’s rights to Ubisoft would be enforceable by the CMA.

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With the final ruling in Microsoft’s favor, fans can’t help by excited for the games to be included in the Xbox Game Pass. Once the takeover is complete, players will gain access to several games in Activision’s catalog through the Game Pass. With the way everything is going down in the gaming industry with Sony and Microsoft acquiring smaller game studios, do you think this will give rise to players predominantly paying for subscriptions instead of buying the games?

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Viren Mirpuri

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Viren is an Esports Writer at EssentiallySports. With a Mass Media degree in one hand and a gaming controller in another, he is set to document every milestone in the gaming industry. As an Esports journalist, he has covered over 500 articles about what is fresh in the scene.
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