Earlier this week, Activision launched something it’s been working on for quite some time: Call of Duty: Mobile. The company announced it in early 2019, and a beta eventually let a select number of people out there in the world try out the title before its public release. Now the game is out there for everyone to enjoy (as long as they have a supported mobile device), and so far it seems like the game is seeing some positive feedback.
This is obviously not the first time that Activision has tried to put a game based on the storied Call of Duty franchise on mobile devices. There are many out there, and some have worked out better than others. But this attempt feels a bit more genuine, so to speak.
And not because it has a ton of microtransactions, either. That’s not great.
In light of Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass, with their monthly subscriptions set at under $10 per month, something like Call of Duty: Mobile and its season pass, which costs around $10 per month, feels excessive and out of touch with reality. But then again, it is right in line with other season passes out there, the most obvious being Epic Games and Fortnite.
It is worth noting that it looks like after you pay that initial $10 you can earn enough COD Points (the in-game currency) to buy the subsequent Battle Pass without spending any real-world money again. But to do that you’ll need to level up the Premium Battle Pass, which means potentially a lot of playing the game. So it really comes down to how much you enjoy the game and how much time you think you’ll actually invest in it.
Otherwise, the in-app purchases in the title are pretty standard for a mobile game these days. You can fork over as little as $0.99 to get some COD Points, or you can go big and spend a whopping $99.99 to get a whole bunch of COD Points. It’s not great, and it’s just as predatory for some gamers as it always is, but it doesn’t look like we’re going to stop it from happening anytime soon.
Oh, and there are loot boxes, too. So there's that.
But that’s the bad stuff. If you can accept it, ignore it, or otherwise move on, then the game itself is actually not too bad. There are a couple of different play styles, plenty of maps in the rotation for multiplayer matches, different game types to choose from, and even a Battle Royale mode for good measure. There is quite a bit of content to go around, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.
Activision says there will be even more free items that unlock in the game as more people play, with global goals, events, and what not meant to spruce things up to keep players coming back.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time with the game already and I’m not even a huge fan of the Call of Duty franchise anymore. But the game does have some worthwhile elements and, most importantly, it has been pretty fun to play. I’m debating now if I want to pay for the season pass or not, but so far I’ve avoided it.
I want to know if this is a game you’ve tried out already and, if so, what you think of it. Have you found yourself coming back to get a few more matches in, or try to get that number one spot in a Battle Royale game? Or did you give the game a shot and decide it isn’t for you? Let me know!