During the FTC v. Microsoft hearing, Sony made private information about its PlayStation company public. A document from PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan that contains information on margins, Call of Duty revenues, and the price of developing various games was suppressed by the court.
The Last of Us Part II cost $220 million and had about 200 personnel, according to the paper, while Horizon Forbidden West cost $212 million over five years. According to Sony, 1 million PlayStation users only play Call of Duty, which suggests that Call of Duty is an Xbox exclusive and would have a significant negative impact on Sony’s earnings. Additionally, according to the document, Call of Duty brought in $800 million for PlayStation sales in the US in 2021 and $1.5 billion worldwide.
One Call of Duty game remains for Sony as part of its exclusive marketing agreement with Activision. The FTC and Microsoft have been at odds over the Nintendo Switch, which over half of PS5 users also own.