There may be another Call of Duty game besides Modern Warfare that will make an impact this year. According to reports, Call of Duty: Mobile has seen vast success after soft-launching in Australia and Canada. A compilation of aspects from different titles in the series, COD: Mobile version has Activision “cautiously optimistic.”
A free-to-play mobile game developed by Tencent, COD: Mobile is set to launch worldwide later this year after Modern Warfare. However, if recent reports are correct, COD: Mobile could be Activision’s new golden goose — not Modern Warfare.
A free-to-play, well-optimized mobile port for Call of Duty is most likely going to do well. Regardless of what other titles are out, fans in all regions are excited about the prospect of playing the best part of all CODs in one game.
It’s because of this potential that COD: Mobile has seen great numbers so far. In a report from GamesBeat, Mobile has had over 500,000 downloads in Australia and Canada. In addition to this, it’s made more than $100,000 since July 18.
Here’s a blurb from the GamesBeat report:
Sensor Tower, a mobile measurement firm, said Call of Duty: Mobile has amassed approximately 530,000 downloads in Canada and Australia since soft-launching in those markets. The title has only recently begun monetizing and has grossed more than $100,000 across both markets since July 18.
The money comes in from microtransactions, which is standard across free-to-play games. Cosmetics, similar to Fortnite, are what make COD Mobile its money. A cosmetic-only system works much better than a pay-to-win model, which we’ve seen in the past with Call of Duty.
In a recent investor conference call, Activision made it clear they are overall feeling good about COD: Mobile‘s future.
During the investor call yesterday, Activision was cautiously optimistic about the Mobile game, but we would not be surprised if the mobile game generates more revenue for Activision than Modern Warfare.
— Call of Duty News (@charlieINTEL) August 9, 2019
Although, with only two countries making $100,000 in one month, there’s no telling what a worldwide launch will do, especially in the Asian market. Mobile games are famously popular in Asia and could singlehandedly exceed COD: Mobile‘s expectations.
Only time will tell whether or not this game has the legs to keep up with other mobile multiplayer titles. Games like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile dominate this genre, but COD: Mobile could definitely swoop in and provide players another dynamic shooter.
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Joey Carr is a University of North Georgia Journalism graduate. He has 4+ years experience covering Esports and traditional sporting events, including Dreamhack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.