Can’t find the digital Xbox One version of Call of Duty: Black Ops III in the Xbox One or Amazon store fronts? It’s not just you. The digital release of the Xbox One title is absent from those shops, and it’s not quite clear why.
In a statement to Polygon, Microsoft says that the game has been removed “temporarily” and that they are “actively engaged with Activision to return it as soon as possible.” Activision, on the other hand, simply says that they “did not remove the digital version of Call of Duty: Black Ops III from the Xbox Games Store,” suggesting that this is rooted in some kind of disagreement rather than some kind of technical issue.
If you’re playing on PC or PlayStation 4, meanwhile, the game is still easily available.
Sony announced this year that it has partnered with Activision to deliver exclusive Call of Duty content on PlayStation, with the game launching first there as well. This deal had previously been with Microsoft for some time, and quite a few Xbox One owners felt burned by the shift. It’s hard to tell right now if this is all rooted in that switch or not.
It’s unlikely we’ll get any more specifics before the game reappears, but it’s sure to be available again before its November 6 release date.