You might remember that a few months back, Microsoft announced a deal with Nintendo to bring the Call of Duty franchise to Nintendo fans, be it on Switch or whatever system follows after. That included Call of Duty games with feature parity as compared to other platforms. Now the FTC is saying they want to know more.
As part of the FTC’s antitrust lawsuit against the Microsoft-Activision merger, the FTC is looking to gain more information on all the wheelings and dealings going on at Microsoft. This includes more insight into their deal with Nintendo, which is why the FTC has subpoenaed Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s vice president of publisher and developer relations.
Should this subpoena go through, we could end up seeing Singer take the stand to deliver up to 7 hours of testimony on the topic. What exactly the FTC is looking to hear remains to be seen, but it’s clear the information they glean will be used to make a final decision on Microsoft’s attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard.
And this could reveal more info on the successor to the Switch even. Nintendo must hate this since they really aren't a big part of all this.
But at least we'll see if the CoD games are just old ports or cloud version on Switch, which is kind of obvious they'll be. But nice to have it official.