Although no Call of Duty games are on Nintendo Switch, Microsoft says that they will bring them to the platform.
If you are thinking about buying a Nintendo Switch in 2023, you may ask: “Is Call of Duty on Nintendo Switch?” At the moment, the answer is no, but there’s reason to think that will change.
Microsoft says that it will bring Call of Duty games to Switch if its deal with Activision Blizzard gets approved. It is a clear bid to win over Nintendo as Microsoft seeks regulatory approval. The FTC recently voted to block the acquisition due to its anti-competitive nature.
Will Call of Duty come to Switch?
The Call of Duty franchise is not on the Nintendo Switch as of 2023 However, Microsoft has pledged to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo Switch. That is entirely dependent on the company acquiring Activision Blizzard though.
The news came via official tweets from Xbox Boss Phil Spencer:
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 more people – however they choose to play.
In a follow-up tweet, Spencer also committed to bringing CoD games to Steam:
I’m also pleased to confirm that Microsoft has committed to continue to offer Call of Duty on
Steam simultaneously to Xbox after we have closed the merger with Activision Blizzard King.
Microsoft is clearly engaged in PR damage control here with regulators breathing down its neck. After all, they only made this commitment to Nintendo once it was apparent that the Activision Blizzard deal was in serious jeopardy. The UK government is skeptical of the deal as is the FTC.
Ironically, Microsoft’s only hope to secure its Activision Blizzard acquisition may be to not only let go of Call of Duty exclusivity but expand to new platforms. That still might not be enough since the FTC voted against the deal after the announcement.
There is also the tiny matter that the Nintendo Switch is rapidly aging hardware. Will Microsoft just release stripped-down, barebones ports that no one wants to play just to satisfy the terms of a merger agreement? That seems like a real possibility.