They are on PS for now, there is no evidence saying future Bethesda and Activision games will come to Playstation. Phi said support the communities, not bring over there games.
The evidence is that both the released before and after MS acquisition games from Mojang, Zenimax and ABK still are on PS and that MS said both for Minecraft, Zenimax and ABK that the acquisition wasn't about keeping games away from other consoles and that they will continue supporting them there, even if some games may be (we'll see if at least some timed) exclusive.
They didnt spent over 79 billion to let Sony have their titles Things like Minecraft and Call of Duty Warzone yes, but not brand new games. Just like the don’t allow Gears, Halo on Playstation. They’ve pretty much said Starfield is exclusive, just like Gears, Halo and HellBlade 2 are lol. So MS isnt really a 3rd party publisher for Sony apart from Minecraft and free to play games like COD Warzone.
They did it with the 10B they spent on Mojang, Zenimax and the others, and said they plan to do the same with ABK. Some new ones may be -sometimes total, timed- console exclusives, but other ones will keep on PS.
MS kept updating Minecraft, Elder Scrolls Online, Fallout 76, Doom Eternal or CoD Warzone plus releasing Minecraft Dungeons, Quake Remastered, Psychonauts 2, Deathloop or Ghostwire Tokyo. While they could have shutted them down.
MS is turning into the biggest 3rd party publisher for PS.
Revenue? Playstation just lost a 3rd party publisher who brought them there biggest shit ton of money yearly. And they will lose more If they carry on not buying anything.
Yes, revenue. Sony's game division makes more revenue than MS game division+ABK combined. If Zenimax sold ~50M copies on PS, that's under 3% of the games sold there. If a new CoD sells (being pretty generous) 10M copies on PS it means under 10% of the PS4 bought it.
Out of the games released on PS, AB got a 70% and Sony a 30%. So if they don't release them on PS, the one who loses (or more exactly stops earning) more money is MS. And these PS players if don't have these games could buy other ones, like the ones that will replace them in the Sony exclusivity and marketing deals.
Yes Playstation makes way more money than Xbox game division but does that really mean anything when Xbox uses MS money outside of the game division? MS makes waaaay more money than Sony. Xbox is using MS money not just Xbox money to acquire what they want. Proof they just bought Activision, a publisher Xbox division cannot afford but Microsoft can. They have more money than Playstation can ever earn lol.
MS released Xbox over 20 years ago and already had a ton of money. PS outsold them all the generations. To had more game outside gaming didn't mean a shit.
If you think MS spent 70 billion and care or are worried about profits from Playstation then you are naive, just like you kept defending Sony not to do anything when Bethesda was bought. You do realise MS paid 70 billion? Thats more profit than Playsation has made probably ever….
Companies invest on stuff and expect to have a return on investment, expect to recoup this money plus extra one, turning it into profits. Obviously not tomorrow, but MS will want to have profit in the long term because they are a company, not a charity.
In recent years MS invested over $80B on IP & gamdev team acquisitions and their gaming division generates less revenue than the Sony one. Sony doubles their console install base and number of subs on their game subs, plus earn more awards and so on and has billions of profit without needing to recoup dozens of billions invested.
This is a technology war, MS is investing in the future, the only way they will have people playing gamepass is when they have everyones beloved IP’s. And at best maybe you can buy their games ( no evidence shown they will ) on Playstation. But Casuals will go to Xbox to get games like Call of Duty, GTA, Fifa day 1 for “free”. Are you gonna say the same thing when MS buys EA and Fifa? Which means most of Playstation’s weekly “revenue” will be gone, Call of Duty and Fifa. What about when MS buys Take2? And then a simple small purchase of Sega and Capcom? And what if they decide no, there games are only on Xbox which is what they are doing now?
In a future fantasy maybe. The reality is that now Sony has 2X the subs than MS and that most players play these games on PS, not on Xbox or Gamepass. And who said they will buy EA and Take 2 and why they would want to sell? Regarding EA and Take 2, they are smaller than ABK, so their impact would be smaller than tke ABK one. And Square or Capcom would be even smaller.
Remember there are over 1700M games sold on PS plus the F2P and the ones via PS Plus or Now. These companies sell a lot, but each one sell a small port of the total, becaue there are thousands of games released in these consoles and many big seller ones.
Playstation cannot survive with just 1st party games and Square titles lol.
PS does not only survive, but outperforms Xbox in all areas. Because they don't only have 1st party and Square, they have tons of ofter 3r party publishers, being MS one of them.
If Playstation lose the likes of Fifa, GTA, Resident Evil, Persona, they are not gonna be the same company they are now.
PS didn't lose none of them and nothing points that they will lose them.
Theres no proof MS is gonna support or allow these games on Playstation.
The proof is that they said that they will do when adquired Mojang, Zenimax and ABK and that they are doing it.
At best they will bring it gamepass day 1 and Playstation owners will spend £70a game, which will change the fanbase and market quick.
As of now the GP day one strategy isn't changing anything, Sony generates more revenue and profit (and subs) with their own strategy.
Either way, Playstation need to secure some 3rd party IP before the likes of MS, Tencent buy them all
The huge userbase of PS and amounts of games sold there is what secures the support of 3rd parties like Tencent, MS and tons more.
You also have to remember that Nintendo doesn't give a shit about 3rd party because their 1st party games sell a lot. They have 7 games that sold over 15M on Switch. Sony is improving the sales of their top 1st parties and this gen in PS4 they have around that number of games that will sell that and some of them even over 20M.
Sony keeps growing on all fronts, so pretty likely will improve the sales of their blockbusters on PS5 generation vs the PS4 generation. So maybe won't pass them, but they will get closer to Nintendo 1st party numbers.
So if desired they will care less about 3rd party, but they will care because PS is the top platform for 3rd parties, which means it's and will continue being Sony's top revenue (and profit) source.