Earlier today, Microsoft announced the unexpected news that it had agreed to a 10-year deal with Nintendo that would see many of the company's games (with Call Of Duty mentioned by name) confirmed for future releases on Nintendo consoles like the Switch.
While this itself was a monumental step in gaming, at least in terms of the ongoing console wars and exclusivity, it aligns with recent trends seeing game companies slowly allowing crossplay and ports years after initial release.
(CNBC) Microsoft President Brad Smith says it's a 'good day for gamers' around the world.
After we announceed two agreements with Nintendo and Nvidia by bringing Call of Duty to 150 million more people. pic.twitter.com/DVp4guXzFp
— Idle Sloth💙💛 (@IdleSloth84_) February 21, 2023
Additionally, it was later confirmed that these would be same-day releases of CoD, with the same amount of content on both systems being available on the same day. Word of the cross-competitor console support quickly spread on social media throughout the day as coverage flooded in.
Microsoft president Brad Smith has today confirmed the company has locked in a 10-year agreement to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo device owners "the same day as Xbox, with full feature and content parity." https://t.co/BCHEAIREcw pic.twitter.com/7lILPLx6Vj
— IGN (@IGN) February 21, 2023
Run for your life ❤💚🕹 #Microsoft #NintendoSwitch #Nintendo #xbox #XboxGamePass
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— BeatleMax76 (@maxdhr_maximo) February 21, 2023
Microsoft Xbox lead Phil Spencer calling Sony PlayStation’s Jim Ryan after today’s EU hearings and striking deals with Nintendo and Nvidia. pic.twitter.com/sOtU9riJuO
— Gray Hoodie (@grayhoodie) February 21, 2023
While many memes were being made about the deal and how this sets up Sony against the world of gaming, many took the time to take pot shots at Nintendo and the Switch by saying there's no way the handheld console can run any of the modern CoD games.
This led to people posting broken videos to show how the graphics are going to look on the system, as well as videos of things exploding and loud abrasive music and screaming happening in the background to simulate the true experience of playing with "Switch kids."
the switch trying to boot up cod https://t.co/nFu48OFvM5 pic.twitter.com/YoEOg7w2dO
— Acro 𒉭 (JOJOLANDS) (@AcroIThink) February 21, 2023
The Nintendo switch trying to run COD pic.twitter.com/7LEsfn71Y7
— Red ❤️🔥 (@RedLightning420) February 21, 2023
Five minutes in the cod match on switch: https://t.co/TAM3Yi1nBy pic.twitter.com/gH2iwtikVF
— 🌙 (@vinxmana) February 21, 2023
CoD on Switch lookin' good. pic.twitter.com/cSkt0sJ1hQ
— Danny (@SWolf712) February 21, 2023
As noted by others online, it's worth keeping in mind that the 10-year deal here will likely last through whatever console Nintendo comes up with in the following years as a successor to the Switch.
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