Call of Duty is coming to the Switch – Nintendo and Microsoft have already contractually agreed on this, although the Activision Blizzard deal is not even in the bag and bags. But how should the developers accomplish this feat? Now Microsoft is giving a crucial hint.
updated: Microsoft and Activision want to bring Call of Duty to the Switch without limiting the scope and features of the games. While that may sound utopian, the two parties seem confident they can do it — at least that’s what an excerpt from a new document suggests submitted by Microsoft to the British market surveillance authority CMA:
“The Activision development team has proven in the past that they can optimize game performance for the available hardware capacities. The parties are confident that in addition to Warzone, the purchase titles from CoD (e.g. CoD: Modern Warfare 2) will also be available on the Nintendo Switch can be tweaked using the standard techniques already used in Switch development for games like Apex Legends, DOOM Eternal, Fortnite, and Crysis 3.“
The last sentence of the quote in particular provides a crucial clue. Because so far, many Nintendo fans have assumed that Activision will bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch as a cloud version, because the hardware of the compact Nintendo console simply has too little powerto run games on it natively.
However, Apex Legends, Doom Eternal, Fortnite and Crysis 3 all run natively on the Nintendo Switch. With this comparison, Microsoft suggests that Call of Duty should also be played directly via the console and not just streamed. However, it remains to be seen how much this will affect the graphical quality of the games.
Call of Duty for Nintendo? The switch is too weak
Call of Duty is a force of nature. The importance of the shooter can be gauged from the fact that every major gaming publisher wants a bite. Microsoft wants the series with the Acquisition of Activision Blizzard win for herself and Sony worries it will get her kicked off the PlayStation as a result. But Nintendo is also involved.
Microsoft and the switch manufacturer have one for this Contracted, according to which Call of Duty will be made available to Nintendo players. The prerequisite is, of course, that the takeover of CoD publisher Activision Blizzard succeeds.
But on which platform should the shooter actually appear? According to the UK Competition Authority (CMA) it can’t be the switch. The monopoly guards see “no signs that the console is technically capable of this”. At least not with a similar gameplay quality as on the Xbox or PlayStation (Source: CMA).
Check out the trailer for Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 here:
Switch isn’t in the same league with Xbox and PlayStation
As part of the investigations into the Activision Blizzard deal, Microsoft always emphasizes that the mega deal only more players would enjoy CoD. The contract with Nintendo is alleged proof of this. However, the commentary on the Switch proves that the CMA is not on the same wavelength as Microsoft on this.
Instead, the authority emphasizes that Xbox and PlayStation who face each other in terms of content, target group and technology. Nintendo would offer consoles with different technical frameworks here, with games that are usually more family and child-friendly. So if Nintendo hasn’t hidden a much more powerful console under Mario’s mustache, that won’t change anytime soon.
Furthermore, Call of Duty is very important for the competition between Xbox and PlayStation. Should CoD no longer appear on the Sony console or only appear under worse conditions, the competition and ultimately the players suffer too. A survey by the CMA shows that some gamers would actually turn their backs on a PS5 without CoD. The CMA only wants to consider a possible contract with Sony, which guarantees the publisher CoD on the PlayStation, at a later date.