The first mobile COD game in a long time has finally got its release date, and here's what owners of Android smartphones, tablets and iPhones can expect from it...
After more than half a year of waiting, Call of Duty: Mobile will finally see the light of day on smartphones and tablets around the world on Tuesday, October 1st, Activision confirmed.
According to the bombastic announcements from the beginning of the year, the game will be downloadable, installed and experienced for free, and will seek profitability through microtransactions that the game's creators insist are "optional". While we can confirm that this is the case, it remains to be seen whether microtransactions in COD: Mobile will remain unobtrusive in the long run.
Android mobile and tablet owners can pre-register for play on the Google Play Store, while those who prefer the iPhone and (or) iPad can do the same on the Apple App Store.
Despite controls designed for touch screens, COD: Mobile is still a full-blown first-person shooter, Activision claims. The game requires an uninterrupted internet connection and puts mechanical emphasis on competitive combat, especially skirmishes designed according to the still-popular battle royale formula.
While Treyarch, Infinity Ward, and other Activision-Blizzard studios continue to work on a major series whose latest, a highly controversial sequel is also out the door, this free mobile spin-off was developed by a subsidiary of Chinese digital giant Tencent. While it is almost certain that Tencent will only receive a smaller portion of the game's revenue, its involvement in the project reduces the chances of a significant boost in competition in the genre that some desire.