With Call of Duty, one of the most popular yearly releases, heading to mobile this October, are we about to see a positive or negative step for the best-selling franchise?
Call of Duty is a title that needs no introduction, the last title in the series, WW2 shown by Statista as having sold 19.82 million units as of February 2019.
With this in mind however, it’s also no stranger to controversy. The series has often walked a fine line with both fans and the media due to graphic scenes and the implementation of various forms of microtransactions.
Now with the title making a step onto the mobile market with a title created by Chinese corporate giant, Tencent (a company that’s viewed by many in a mixed light due to allegations made by consumers of data-mining) about to see the popular series break onto the mobile market or crash down in a hail of resentment?
With Call of Duty: Mobile set to launch as a free-to-play title with a number of different features, including a battle royale mode it seems like something that fans may be hesitant to pick up, not only due to the association with Tencent, but also due to the aggressive microtransactions usually present in free-to-play titles.
In a report on September 18th by Activision Blizzard, the company stated that various weapons and additional gear would be ‘at player’s fingertips’ for the ‘ultimate Call of Duty experience’ leading us to believe that many of these features may sit behind paywalls.
Activision Blizzard faced heavy criticism during their announcement of another mobile game, Diablo Immortal (the response to which can be seen in an article by Eddie Makuch here) last year due to fans seeing the move as unfaithful to the PC market that supported the title, however, are we going to see a similar response in fans of the Call of Duty franchise?
With the title set to release on the 1st of October and main series title Call of Duty: Modern Warfare dropping on the 25th, it’s a big month ahead for Activision Blizzard.
Is the company going to take Call of Duty to new heights or are we about to see another Diablo Immortal?
We’ll have to check back when the dust settles to find out.