Later this year, Activision will release Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, a brand new entry in the main series of the game that will include multiplayer and Zombies gameplay, two staples of the series. But this isn’t the only major Call of Duty project being worked on at the moment. A job listing confirms that Candy Crush Saga developer King is also working on a Call of Duty mobile game.
The news of a new Call of Duty mobile games comes from a King job listing for a level designer in Stockholm. “The aim is to create a Call of Duty experience on mobile, while also breaking new ground for mobile and redefining the genre,” explains the listing, adding that this new game will be “fresh, social, and highly accessible, while providing a very authentic game experience.”
The hired candidate’s role will involve creating and refining new and existing levels, including balancing them and ultimately ensuring that the game is fun to play. King lists two other positions for senior tools developer and senior network engineer, also in relation to the Call of Duty mobile game.
Activision has released mobile Call of Duty titles before, including paid-for title Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies and free to play strategy title Call of Duty: Heroes. These games have received plenty of positive reviews, with Heroes having a four and a half star rating out of more than 1.5 million reviews. But Activision purchased King for almost $6 billion in 2015 to bolster its mobile gaming efforts even further and the companies will be hoping to build on the success of Heroes and Zombies more with this next title.
The new Call of Duty mobile game may not just make bank in the mobile sector, however. Releasing a mobile game could potentially be a good way of introducing new fans to the Call of Duty franchise as a whole. While Call of Duty: WW2 sold well when it was released last year, managing to reverse the poor performance of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in 2016, the series has come a long way from its peak. Part of this is just down to series fatigue, but the access to shooter experiences on mobile platforms may have also led to that decline.
Call of Duty also faces increased competition from games such as Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, two titles that have mobile spin-offs. These games benefit immensely by being on mobile with none-PC and console gamers still able to engage with these franchises (and contribute to those series’ success). There’s no information on when the new Call of Duty will be released or exactly what it will offer, but watch this space.
Call of Duty is in development for mobile devices.