A new Call of Duty game is in development at Activision Mobile
Publisher confirms unannounced mobile project in the FPS franchise
Activision has announced the formation on an internal mobile studio, which is currently working a new entry in the Call of Duty series.
The move, which was first revealed by job listings in June, was officially confirmed by company executives during Activision Blizzard’s second quarter earnings call on Tuesday.
“As we think about long-term, where we see more compelling growth on the [mobile] platform, I’d say we believe there’s an opportunity to better connect mobile to the overall Call of Duty ecosystem and we’re aggressively hiring talent to help on this journey,” said Activision president Rob Kostich.
“We’ve created our own internal mobile studio and are driving a major recruiting effort, across Beenox and Activision Shanghai to support as well, and together these teams are leading an unannounced new mobile project in the Call of Duty franchise which we’re very excited about.”
According to a number of job listings on the company’s careers website, Activision Mobile is “dedicated to developing the best AAA mobile games in the world”.
Activision says: “Our first project is a new AAA mobile title in the Call of Duty franchise and we’re looking for great talent from mobile, console and PC backgrounds passionate about their work, who share our belief in what AAA experiences on mobile can and should be.”
A job advert for an executive producer of features on “a new AAA mobile FPS in the Call of Duty franchise” was also spotted in September 2020 before being taken offline. It included multiple references to Warzone Mobile, suggesting Activision was planning to bring the battle royale hit to new platforms.
The company launched free-to-play series entries Call of Duty Mobile in November 2019 and Warzone in March 2020. The former has been downloaded over 500 million times and the latter has attracted over 100 million players on consoles and PC, according to the publisher.
Activision also said on Tuesday that this year’s new premium series entry, which is expected to be Call of Duty: Vanguard, will offer “a seamless experience” for current and next-gen consoles and feature a setting that “fans know and love”.