Microsoft documents suggest CoD: Mobile to be replaced by Warzone Mobile
With Microsoft's acquisition of Activision finally beginning to move along, following a string of investigations, probes, and competitor tantrums, the developers have begun to detail what their plans are for the Call of Duty franchise.
As their biggest incoming asset, the Call of Duty roadmap is already underway for Microsoft to come in and oversee, with the next two instalments of the console series already in motion (Sledgehammer Games' new 2023 project and Treyarch's 202 Gulf-war-based Black Ops game).
However, on the mobile front, Microsoft intends to make a massive overhaul from the get-go, and that could even mean shutting down Call of Duty: Mobile.
Call of Duty: Mobile set to be 'phased out' by Microsoft
Call of Duty: Mobile is Activision's handheld multiplayer game (made via a third-party developer TiMi Studios), and is often hailed for its performance, in-game Counter-Strike-like economy system, and its collection of Call of Duty history in terms of maps, modes, and weapons.
However, with the launch of Warzone: Mobile, Microsoft seemingly now intends to "phase out" Call of Duty: Mobile over the next few years.
In their latest report to comply with the EU commission, the developers said, "CoD: Mobile is expected to be phased out over time (outside of China) with the launch of Warzone: Mobile," in a section about divestment perimeters.
Call of Duty: Mobile divestment leaves fans gutted
Activision has become renowned for their microtransactions, but over in Call of Duty: Mobile, the in-game skins can cost thousands of pounds, with many content creators and devoted players having spent a fortune on the customisation features, just for the game to be eclipsed.
"People are about to be mad as hell, bundles on there cost rent," claimed one shocked fan.
Another fan tweeted, "[This is] further evidence that devs and publishers don’t care about multiplayer anymore."
However, there may be a silver lining for the 6v6 multiplayer compatriots yet, as this could yet be a centralised hub for all Call of Duty action on mobile, to allow the game to run on their new engine and UI. It could yet see the 6v6 masterclass move under the Warzone game in the same app.
Other fans now hope that the CoD: Mobile format being axed could also result in a console title being made that will bring together the best of the best from the franchise's history, although this is slightly more speculative.
It's unsure how long Call of Duty: Mobile has left, but you might want to rethink your next mythic weapon purchase now...