Phil Spencer Discusses COD on Switch, Says It Will Take Time to Develop Native Ports

According to Xbox CEO Phil Spencer, it will take some time for Call of Duty to be available on the Nintendo Switch. Microsoft pledged earlier this week to make the Call of Duty games available on the Nintendo Switch if the Activision-Blizzard megadeal is approved. Many people began to wonder how this would work out after this news since Nintendo has long held off on publishing Call of Duty titles on its platform. Call of Duty: Ghosts on the Wii-U was the final installment in the series to be released on a Nintendo system.

Spencer noted in a recent interview with The Washington Post that Call of Duty and other titles won’t be made immediately accessible on the Switch. It will instead take some time. 

You can imagine if [the deal] closed on that date, starting to do development work to make that happen would likely take a little bit of time,” the Xbox head said, referring to June next year as Microsoft expects the deal to close by then. “Once we get into the rhythm of this, our plan would be that when [a Call of Duty game] launches on PlayStation, Xbox and PC, that it would also be available on Nintendo at the same time.” 

Spencer continued by making reference to the Minecraft franchise being ported over to Nintendo’s platform in addition to other gaming platforms.:

We would do this with Minecraft as well, where we would do specific work to make the game run well on Nintendo Switch and their silicon and support their platform completely. We do the same when we ship on PlayStation 5.

Minecraft and Call of Duty are different games. But from how you get games onto Nintendo, how you run a development team that is targeting multiple platforms, that’s experience we have.”

If the purchase of Activision is successful, Microsoft will have access to Activision’s vast selection of games, which will allow the business to grow its gaming library for the service. On the other hand, nobody can say for certain, and it seems like Microsoft is throwing out all the means to ensure that this transaction will not negatively impact anybody.


Muhammad Zuhair

Passionate about technology and gaming content, Zuhair focuses on analysing information and then presenting it to the audience.
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