An interesting rumor has been floating around the web the past month or so regarding Sledgehammer Games and Activision’s upcoming game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. As most gamers know, Xbox has had a long-standing exclusivity deal with CoD that allows Xbox players to receive DLC first and then PC & Playstation platforms typically a month later.
This is a deal that has not sat well with gamers on platforms outside of the Xbox 360 and Xbox One. But, sources suggest that the exclusivity deal with Microsoft may be coming to end with Black Ops 3. Pages on the Xbox and Microsoft websites hint that the newest Call of Duty game will NOT have exclusive content.
Here’s an image that explains the situation:
As you can see in the picture above, The Division has a label that clearly states that Xbox will receive exclusive content (DLC), but the Black Ops 3 listing has absolutely no label on it. While this isn’t concrete proof that the deal has expired, it does lead us to believe that it is a possibility. Why else would Microsoft not use the exclusive content as a selling point like they do with the Division?
E3 is less than a week away; we expect to learn a lot more about BO3 during the official E3 reveal. And maybe, just maybe, part of that presentation will include announcing that Activision has finally pulled the plug on the Call of Duty exclusivity deal with Xbox platforms. Only time will tell.