By: Nick Gambino
Activision, the company behind the biggest first-person shooter game franchise in history, just announced that Call of Duty: Mobile is coming to iOS and Android devices this fall.
I haven’t played in years, but if they do it right, there’s a possibility I’ll start playing again. There was a time when I was obsessed with Call of Duty (COD), playing it every day, but once they started going nuts with the sci-fi elements I bounced. I was drawn to the tactical “realistic” nature of the game and not a fan of the new flying features that allowed you to zip through the air like Superman.
Tencent’s Timi Studio, the people behind the new mobile game, promise to bring the best elements from the most popular COD games including Modern Warfare and Black Ops into their first smartphone game.
“We are delivering the definitive, first-person action experience on mobile with signature Call of Duty gameplay in the palms of your hands,” VP of Mobile at Activision, Chris Plummer, said in a statement. “We are bringing together some of the best the franchise has to offer, including Modern Warfare maps like Crash and Crossfire, Black Ops maps like Nuketown and Hijacked, and many more, into one epic title.”
Nuketown and Hijacked are the smallest maps COD has to offer and thus are absolute insanity, with players thrown into a space the size of a postage stamp and told to fight. These claustrophobic maps make sense when bringing the popular FPS to mobile, particularly on a graphic and gameplay level. There’s only so much they can cram into your little smartphone without sacrificing the experience.
“Also expect a fully-customizable control scheme, numerous modes of play, fan-favorite characters and weapons to choose from, as well [as] a new, sprawling and suitably epic Battle Royale mode,” another press release teases.
It’s a big week for COD news. On Tuesday Activision also announced cross-platform gameplay when Modern Warfare launches on October 25. With this new feature PC, gamers can now go up against console players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for a truly all-encompassing gaming experience.
Call of Duty: Mobile will be available free-to-play in the App Store and Google Play Store on October 1.