COD mobile was released recently and it’s safe to say that the fanbase reception has been like no other. At the time of being written, COD Mobile has been downloaded more than 100 million times within its launch week. Yes, that’s right! 100. Million. What makes it so appealing? Well for one thing – It’s free, which helps a great deal of course, but that’s still an insanely large number – one that has certainly surpassed other free games, like League of Legends, for example.
For point of comparison, Fortnite managed to achieve 26.3 million in its first week, and PUBG notched up ‘just’ 22.5 million. It certainly makes us wonder how many people would play the ‘proper’ COD releases if they went F2P.
“The response from fans across both Android and iOS has been amazing. Already, Call of Duty: Mobile has surpassed 35 million downloads on its way to becoming the #1 ranked iOS app in downloads overall, not only among games, but also among all apps, in 100 countries,” said Rob Kostich, president of Activision.
“This is an incredibly fun experience, and we’re only getting started. Congratulations to the teams at Activision and at our partner Tencent’s TiMi Studios for making such a great game for players. And special thanks to our fans for their continued support. There is a ton more to look forward to as we release more content and updates.”
The initial success of Call of Duty Mobile appeared to cause a sharp spike in Activision Blizzard’s market value but this swiftly turned into a slide downward following the Blizzard and Hong Kong/China controversy. Still, Activision has managed to pivot from 37m monthly active users across its games to probably well in excess of 120m, all in the span of a week.
Developed by Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings LTD in partnership with publisher Activision, Call of Duty: Mobile features traditional five-versus-five deathmatches on fan-favorite maps from the franchise’s Modern Warfare and Black Ops variants, including Crash, Nuketown 2, Hijacked, Firing Range, Killhouse and Crossfire.
Additionally, Engadget reports that, like Fortnite and PUBG, the game includes a 100-player, last-man-standing-style Battle Royale mode. Users can compete as one of six classes of soldiers in solo, duo or quad-player wars, using ATVs, helicopters and rafts to travel across land, sea and air.
On the console side of CoD, Infinity Ward recently dropped the trailer for the Special Ops mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which showcases a number of four-player co-op missions that task players with completing objectives like disarming nuclear warheads, headhunting terrorist leaders, defending strongholds and storming passenger jets.
Polygon has further details, stating “The main focus of the Special Ops mode will be on Operations. Infinty Ward says that these are special multi-stage encounters designed to let you tackle them however you want.
Four players will enter Operations with their custom-selected loadouts, which includes the same gear they have unlocked and customised for multiplayer, and attempt to take down a specific objective.
Players can approach these Operations stealthily, go in guns blazing, or even bring a vehicle if they need one.”