- “Call of Duty: Mobile” will launch for free on iOS and Android later this year, with a public beta arriving in the summer.
- The game will be focused on online multiplayer, and incorporate popular weapons, maps, and characters from past “Call of Duty” games like “Black Ops” and “Modern Warfare.”
- While “Call of Duty” is still one of the best-selling video games on the planet, the mobile version will compete directly with “Fortnite” and “PUBG Mobile,” two battle-royale shooters with massive audiences on mobile devices.
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Activision has provided new details on “Call of Duty: Mobile,” a new game in the best-selling franchise coming out for Android and iOS. The game will be released for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store later this year; a beta test is scheduled to arrive in the next few weeks.
The “Call of Duty” franchise is a perennial best-seller, delivering new games to tens of millions of players each year. Every “Call of Duty” is a war-based first-person shooter, but there are separate series within the franchise, including “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” and “Call of Duty Black Ops.”
“Call of Duty: Mobile” will bring together popular maps, weapons, characters, and game modes from those different series for free.
Here’s what we know about the game so far.
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Online multiplayer will be the focus of “Call of Duty: Mobile”
“Call of Duty: Mobile” will emphasize online multiplayer, allowing players to join up with friends and play head to head against other people around the world. The game will also have in-game text chat and microphone support.
Activision has hinted at some single-player modes as well, but its unclear if there will be a traditional story mode or campaign.
Players will unlock rewards for their character, allowing them to customize their appearance when playing online.
The following multiplayer modes will be available “Team Deathmatch” and “Search & Destroy” will be available: Free-For-All, Frontline, Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, and Domination. Free-For-All supports 8 players, while the other modes support up to 10 players.
Players will be able to earn rewards as they play, unlocking new playable characters, weapons and more. Players can customize their appearance weapon loadouts to fit their style as well.
Players can choose between simple or advanced controls, with a variety of customization options for advanced players.
As a game designed for smartphones, “Call of Duty: Mobile” relies on touch screen controls. Players will be able to adjust how sensitive their controls are, their overall field of vision, and choose how their phone’s gyroscope is used for aiming.
When set to Simple Mode, the game will unleash a barrage of automatic gunfire whenever an enemy enters your crosshairs, no extra touch required. While this might sound a bit too easy, it will use a ton of ammo and make your shots less accurate due to recoil.
Advanced mode has many more options, including choosing whether you aim down the sights of your weapon or fire from the hip with specific weapons, like a shotgun or assault rifle. Activision says there are 17 sliders for adjusting your aim settings, and even more for other options.
Players will also be able to adjust the position of different on-screen overlays. For example, if you can’t see your ammo count in the corner of the screen, you can move it to the top for easy viewing.
“Call of Duty: Mobile” will compete with “Fortnite” and “PUBG Mobile,” two popular battle royale shooters with massive global audiences on iOS and Android.
While “Call of Duty” has no shortage of fans, the move to mobile will welcome an even larger audience. Tencent, China’s largest video game publisher and a major Activision stakeholder, specializes in mobile releases and will help bring “Call of Duty: Mobile” to North America, South America, Europe and other regions in the future.
Developed by Tencent’s Timi studio, “Call of Duty: Mobile” will primarily compete with “Fortnite” and “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” (and its smartphone variant, “PUBG Mobile”), two battle-royale shooters with free-to-play mobile versions.
“Call of Duty Mobile” will include maps, weapons and characters from past “Call of Duty” games.
All of the confirmed maps in “Call of Duty: Mobile” are drawn from past “Call of Duty” games. They include Crossfire, Crash, and Killhouse from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” Standoff from “Call of Duty Black Ops II,” and Firing Range from “Call of Duty: Black Ops.”
Players will choose between past “Call of Duty” characters too. The playable characters are Alex and David Mason from “Call of Duty: Black Ops I & II,” Thomas Merrick from “Call of Duty Ghosts,” Simon “Ghost Riley” from “Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2,” and John Price and John “Soap” MacTavish from the first “Call of Duty Modern Warfare.”
Pre-register for access to the “Call of Duty: Mobile” beta later this summer, and check out the announcement trailer below.
Fans can pre-register for “Call of Duty: Mobile” on the game’s official website at Callofduty.com/mobile. By signing up, players will get the latest game updates and gain access to the public beta coming this summer. Check out the trailer below to see “Call of Duty: Mobile in action.