Microsoft Contemplating a Game Pass Price Hike and the Call of Duty Franchise Spinoff

Looks like Microsoft's plans are changing. According to new reports, Xbox is unsure if it will release Call of Duty on Game Pass

by Sededin Dedovic
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Microsoft Contemplating a Game Pass Price Hike and the Call of Duty Franchise Spinoff
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Last year, Microsoft managed to close the most significant merger in the history of video games. Many celebrated the deal in anticipation of Call of Duty coming to the Game Pass service, as the gaming giant often releases its first-party titles on the platform.

Leaks also indicated that an announcement on the matter would come in June, but it looks like Microsoft's plans are changing. According to new reports, Xbox is unsure about releasing Call of Duty on Game Pass. Tom Warren of The Verge has revealed that Microsoft is discussing releasing Call of Duty on a subscription service.

He also reveals that the gaming giant is considering another price hike. Although there was an opinion among the gaming community that it would not come to that, this is very likely correct information. Warren is one of the trusted insiders in the industry because of his track record of accuracy, especially related to Microsoft, which makes this report credible.

However, Xbox seems hesitant on this matter. According to Warren, the internal discussion has been going on for some time, and the main concern is that the revenue generated by this franchise could be undermined by Game Pass.

Microsoft appears to be aggressively cutting costs as it pursues higher profits. This could be one of the reasons why they feel uncomfortable about putting Call of Duty on the service, as the move would sacrifice millions in annual sales.

Many fans have been excited about past and future titles from the series appearing on the service, but it seems best to keep expectations in check. Microsoft's hesitation to add Call of Duty to Game Pass may also stem from strategic considerations beyond immediate revenue.

The franchise has been a consistent bestseller, and putting it on a subscription service could disrupt the traditional sales model and potentially devalue the brand in the long run. Additionally, by keeping Call of Duty as a separate purchase, Microsoft can continue to leverage its popularity for individual sales, especially with the release of new titles that generate significant hype and revenue.

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