Microsoft Agrees to a 10-year Agreement to Make Call of Duty Available on Nintendo Platforms

A complete Call of Duty experience has been released on a Nintendo platform for almost ten years. After the 2013 Wii U release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, which received a poor reception, the franchise was never revived. A new Call of Duty game has yet to be released within the Nintendo universe.

Microsoft Agrees to a 10-year Agreement to Make Call of Duty Available on Nintendo Platforms

That could be set to change very soon.

On Twitter, Phil Spencer took to the airwaves to claim that Microsoft would enter into a ten-year deal to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms, should the Activision Blizzard King x Microsoft acquisition-merger go ahead as planned.

Would Call of Duty Work on Nintendo Platforms?

For years, increasingly bigger and bolder games have been finding their way to the Nintendo Switch platform, such as The Witcher 3, Skyrim, Assassin’s Creed, and Grand Theft Auto. As these franchises land on the system, it has opened doors for the Nintendo ecosystem to be more ‘accepting’ of ‘adult games.’

In his Tweet, Phil Spencer spoke of a grand plan to introduce Call of Duty to as many gamers as possible:

”Microsoft has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to @Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King. Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to people – however they choose to play.”

At first, this may seem like a relatively bizarre pledge, as typically, first-person shooter franchises don’t fare too well on a) Nintendo platforms and b) handheld devices. There are also technical limitations, as modern-day Call of Duty releases tend to be very demanding, boasting huge install sizes and requiring some high-end hardware to run smoothly.

Of course, as we’ve just mentioned, we’ve seen some fairly sizeable franchises ported to the Nintendo Switch platform, and they’re often just downscaled so they can run a little better on the Switch’s hardware.

Microsoft Agrees to a 10-year Agreement to Make Call of Duty Available on Nintendo Platforms

There could be the potential to introduce a cloud-based system, with users streaming Call of Duty, allowing them to play it at a higher resolution, admittedly while being hindered by the need to stream the game constantly.

In 2023, Call of Duty Warzone Mobile will be released globally, and that’s a fantastic example of a massive, open-world Call of Duty map being ported to a mobile platform. If it can be done for mobile devices, there’s no real reason it couldn’t necessarily be done for the Nintendo Switch.