COD Mobile
Call of Duty Mobile released worldwide on September 30

Among the many aspects that COD Mobile got right in its worldwide launch, having a ranked playlist is near the top of that list. Not only does it feature a clear ranking system, it’s the first Call of Duty to have one at launch since Black Ops 3. Between then and now, we have not had a ranked playlist available in any major title at release.

According to Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare is going to continue that trend. Though the developers have stated that a ranked mode is coming, it will not be in the game at launch. This has caused a major uproar in the community, as a mobile game has more content than a full-fledged title.

Modern Warfare launching without a ranked playlist

Once the news of this broke, casual and professional players alike were seen on complaining on social media. It seems highly improbable that Infinity Ward, who has been working on Modern Warfare since 2016, can’t match COD Mobile‘s content, at least at launch.

However, it’s not just Infinity Ward; both Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games failed to feature ranked playlists at launch. In fact, it took at least a month for any COD title in the past three years to have ranked available to play.

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COD Mobile is doing a lot of things right with microtransactions, rewards, and especially ranked. While Modern Warfare is set to feature more content than we’ve ever seen before, the fact that a ranked mode isn’t available at launch is disheartening, to say the least.

The hype COD Mobile has seen isn’t going unnoticed by the community. Many feel that Activision should change their current model for Call of Duty based on Mobile‘s success. Doug “Censor” Martin is among the many campaigning for this shift.

While it would take a lot of dollar signs for Activision to change course, COD Mobile is turning heads. Maybe, with enough success, we could see real change within Call of Duty for the first time in a long time.

What do you think about COD Mobile? Let us know in the comments below. Keep up with Daily Esports for all Call of Duty coverage.

Joey Carr
Joey Carr is a University of North Georgia Journalism graduate. He has 5+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including Dreamhack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.

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