The Call of Duty mobile game that was developed by Timi for the Chinese market will be coming to the West soon according to Activision, and it will come loaded with a Battle Royale game mode.
The game will be free-to-download for both iOS and Android and, as mentioned previously, is developed by Timi. Timi is a subsidiary of Tencent who for the most part are not very well known, however, the company has a bigger stake in gaming than you may expect, as they hold shares in Riot—who of course bring us League of Legends—and Epic Games, who don’t really need an introduction. Just in case you live under a rock and you don’t know who Epic Games are, they’re the people behind Fortnite and the Unreal Engine.
The mobile game features maps taken from various Call of Duty games including Nuketown and Crash, as well as the standard game modes such as Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy, and FFA, and it also features all of the Call of Duty characters that we know and love. Since it’s a free to play game there are of course in app purchases which will unlock new weapons and skins, though these can also be unlocked via gameplay, so it’s very similar to the current COD setup on consoles and PC.
The newest announcement for the game is that a battle royale mode (which we assume will follow the same path as the hugely popular Blackout) will be included. Timi are yet to officially announce the addition of the battle royale mode, but at the end of the mobile announcement video below you will see a fleet of helicopters dropping players over what appears to be the Blackout map:
Fortnite has a large mobile player base in the West, as does PUBG, so it will be interesting to see how Call of Duty fares on mobile. Going by the announcement trailer it seems to run well and looks good, which is always the first hurdle in creating a good mobile game, so it’s looking positive, but it will also come down to how easy the game is to handle on a touch-screen device.
You can pre-register for the game on the official Call of Duty website here.