What do you know, Kotick?
As you no doubt know, Microsoft and the FTC are currently battling it out in court over the potential purchase of Activision Blizzard. The FTC is pushing back hard on the acquisition, which has led to quite a contentious legal battle.
We’ve heard from all sorts of voices during this legal dispute, including Activision boss Bobby Kotick. Kotick recently took the stand to talk about a number of different topics, and much like other big players who’ve popped up during the trial, part of Kotick’s questioning involved discussion of Nintendo.
A series of quotes and comments have come out from Kotick, and one particular area of interest is chatter about what Nintendo’s doing after Switch. It seems there’s been a bunch of miscommunication in this area, with some statements making it seem like Kotick outed details on what Nintendo is doing next, while others make it seem like he’s just speculating.
On one hand, some comments made from Kotick make it seem like Nintendo’s Switch successor will see power close to what PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have to offer. On the other hand, another statement from Kotick makes it seem like he’s just guessing.
“I think we would consider [putting Call of Duty on the Switch’s successor] once we had the specs but we don’t have any at present”.
Then we have another quote from Kotick that falls somewhere in the middle of both comments made above.
“Given closer alignment of Gen 8 platforms and our previous offerings on PS4 and Xbox One, it’s reasonable to assume we can make something compelling for NG [next-gen] Switch as well.”
So…did Kotick let loose with some information on what Nintendo is doing after Switch, at least in terms of power? It’s pretty unclear at this point, as his statements go back-and-forth between conjecture and fact. The only thing we know for sure is that Nintendo wouldn’t want any of this out there, so you can imagine that even if this is conjecture, Nintendo isn’t happy.