Call of Duty Vanguard has been out across all platforms for two weeks and while players get to grips with the latest entry into the first-person shooter series, it's been far from smooth sailing for Call of Duty publisher Activision. Amid allegations of harassment, a report claims that CEO Bobby Kotick was aware of the abuse and has actively attempted to save the job of a colleague after they were accused of harassment.
Since the report came to light, PlayStation's Jim Ryan and Xbox head Phil Spencer have condemned Kotick, with Spencer revealing that he is "re-evaluating" Xbox's relationship with Activision. Alongside the widespread calls for Kotick to resign, PlayStation has dropped Vanguard from the featured section of its website, adding further fuel to the growing fire.
COD Vanguard Dropped From PlayStation Website
A day after the report was published, CharlieINTEL spotted that all mentions of Vanguard had been removed from the Featured section of the PlayStation website, leaving many to question the state of Activision's relationship with Sony. For several years, the two parties have collaborated to provide players with exclusive benefits, most recently in Vanguard.
Is Sony's Activision Deal Finished?
It's unclear as to whether Sony is contemplating terminating its existing partnership with Activision, but the timing of removing its largest annual release from the PlayStation website is certainly interesting considering the current situation. If Kotick remains as CEO, it could well spell the end of the existing exclusivity deal for Sony and with Microsoft also re-evaluating its connections to the publisher, only time will tell as to whether any form of partnership will continue.
For more Vanguard news, check out everything we know about Season 1 which launches in under two weeks.