During the 2019 Game Developers Conference, Activision and Tencent unveiled Call of Duty: Mobile for iOS and Android. The upcoming shooter looks to be the series’ most ambitious outing on mobile devices to date.
Call of Duty: Mobile is the first of what could be three Call of Duty titles to arrive this year. Infinity Ward is currently hard at work on the next mainline entry that could potentially bring some big changes to the series. There’s also the recent rumor that a remaster of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s campaign is slated to release this year, though it remains unconfirmed.
The free-to-play Call of Duty title is being developed in Unity by the Tencent-owned studio Timi. It combines characters, weapons, and locations from across the Call of Duty franchise. These include maps from the Modern Warfare and Black Ops series such as Nuketown (of course), Hijacked, and Crash. Call of Duty: Mobile promises to feature a fully fledged multiplayer on par with its console counterparts. Returning modes include Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy, and Free-for-All. This won’t be the end of the game’s features, as the trailer promises that more features will be announced later:
Gameplay promises to preserve the smooth-as-butter controls and rapid pace that fans have come to expect. Like the standard games, players still play to unlock new scorestreaks and a variety of equipment to customize their characters and loadouts. Call of Duty: Mobile doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will be available in North and South America as well as Europe. Players can pre-register now on the game’s website. Early birds will gain access to a public beta slated to begin this summer in select regions.
With Fortnite and PUBG performing well on mobile, it was only a matter of time before Call of Duty tried its luck in the space. To its credit, the game looks impressively comparable to the mainline titles, and it would be even nicer if it featured controller support. This reveal also gives Activision a much needed change of topic. The company has spent recent weeks eating heaps of criticism for laying off hundreds of employees in February despite coming off a record high financial year. It also feels like the company is trying to find its way after divorcing itself from Bungie and the Destiny franchise last fall. We'll see if potentially tripling down on Call of Duty this year will be the cure for what ails them.
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