Activision is about to deploy “Call of Duty” for mobile devices.
The video game publisher announced at the Game Developers Conference that it is teaming with Chinese internet company and game maker Tencent to bring the first-person shooting game to mobile devices. A public beta trial of the game is planned this summer.
Coming to Android and iOS devices, “Call of Duty: Mobile” is a free-to-play game that will include a variety of maps, weapons, characters and play modes from the “Call of Duty: Black Ops” and “Modern Warfare” series.
Among the multiplayer modes coming to the mobile game: Team Deathmatch, Search and Destroy and Free-For-All, the company says. Popular maps from the game franchise that will be included are Nuketown, Crash, Hijacked and more. Players will be able to unlock classic “Call of Duty” characters, too.
“We are delivering the definitive, first-person action experience in a new mobile title with incredible graphics and visceral Call of Duty gameplay,” said Activision’s vice president of mobile Chris Plummer in the announcement. “Together with the amazing team at Tencent, we’re bringing together a collection of the most beloved maps, competitive modes, familiar characters and signature weapons from across this storied franchise into one epic experience for the first time on mobile.”
Along with Activision, Tencent developed the Call of Duty Online game that went live in China in January 2015. The Chinese company, which also has a stake of about five percent in Activision Blizzard, acquired Supercell (maker of “Clash of Clans”) in 2016, a year after it bought the remaining shares of Riot games, the maker one of the top esports games “League of Legends.”
Tencent’s Timi studio, which created the mobile game already available in China and Australia, will let players compete head to head against players around the world, the game makers say. In addition to coming to North America, “Call of Duty Mobile” will also be available in South America, Europe, and other countries.
“With our expertise creating games custom-built for mobile players, we’re excited to deliver a new, feature-packed Call of Duty experience that all types of fans will enjoy,” said Tencent Holdings Limited senior vice president Steven Ma in a statement.
In addition to classic multiplayer, the game will offer extra play modes to be announced later.
Players can register for the public beta test and keep up with developments on the game on the Call of Duty site.
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