Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has been out for nearly a week. And, on November 16th, Warzone 2 will launch. Call of Duty: Warzone 2 will be available on PS4, PC, and console. But the one fans most eagerly await is Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile!
During its Call of Duty: Next online event, Activision announced a mobile version of Warzone for iOS and Android devices. While an official release date is still to come, over 20 million Android users have pre-registered on the Google Play Store. We sat down with Anthony “Kingdom Soldier” Hogan, VP of People & Culture and AMG’s very own expert on everything Call of Duty, to find out more.
“I’m very excited about the game because I’ve been a fan of call duty for 11 years, maybe 12. And I’ve covered the game, I’ve commentated on the game, and my whole channel is dedicated to Call of Duty. “ANTHONY HOGAN
Hogan has seen all the released gameplay and has watched dozens of videos on Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile. He watched the entire COD Next event and also is helping to manage some of the creators who currently have access to the game and are playing it under NDA. Call of Duty Mobile was and still is his favorite mobile game. According to him, Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is a really exciting addition to the ecosystem because it is free to play and allows everyone to get involved.
Will Warzone Mobile replace Call of Duty Mobile?
Activision currently has no plans to replace its other hugely successful game CoD Mobile. The company’s head of mobile, Chris Plummer, told Pocket-lint that it would continue to run and receive new updates alongside Warzone Mobile stating “We’re super excited to have two amazing games in the space,”
“I think Call of Duty Mobile is safe.”ANTHONY HOGAN
According to Hogan, CoD Mobile is a stand-alone game and does not match the current versions on the console or PC. It has multiplayer, third-person, the best modes, maps, and guns from every Call of Duty title, and Warzone Mobile will be a stand-alone game in its own right too.
Will Call of Duty be able to keep the player base interested?
“It’s going to be one of the best games mobile gaming has to offer in 2023.”ANTHONY HOGAN
In Hogan’s opinion, adding variety may be one of the best things happening to Call of Duty. He thinks that Activision will be able to maintain and grow players on every platform they offer. Warzone is one of the most popular games in the world right now. Bringing the popular title to mobile and allowing friends to hang out and play Warzone together in the same room on their phones will be epic. But unless you have four consoles in one room, it is not always possible for friends to play together now.
“I would say it’s going to be easier to enter into playing Warzone on your phone because you don’t have to have a console or a nice PC or anything like that.”ANTHONY HOGAN
Other players agree with him based on the over 20 million pre-registrations as announced on Twitter. “COD Mobile fostered an entire creator community, and I don’t think that’s going to go anywhere,” said Hogan. “Esports isn’t going anywhere either. It’s a multi-hundred of millions dollar League. They can develop even more versions and still grow their player base because they are diversifying.”
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile gameplay
Although more detail will be revealed in time, we know that Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile will be set in Verdansk, the same open-world map as the original PC and console game. It will also feature the Gulag, the prison level where players fight their way out of to rejoin the game after dying. Interestingly, the player count per match will be reduced from the standard 150 to 120 players dropping into battle.
Apart from the map, other elements to make it in from the original include operators and weapons. It remains to be seen if there will be mobile-specific events or different playlists and content over time.
Fewer bots in Warzone Mobile and Cross-progression
“What excites me most about Warzone Mobile are fewer bots and cross-progression. I like getting a lot of kills, but some bots are just not as fun to kill because they’re too easy.”ANTHONY HOGAN
He admits having fewer bots may make the game more difficult, or “sweaty,” as he puts it, but ultimately fast-paced, more exciting, and fun too.
Benefits of cross-progression across platforms
Whether playing Call of Duty: Warzone on mobile or Warzone 2.0 on a console or PC, your progress is honored across platforms. So, if you unlock an Operator on PC, that operator will also be on mobile and the other way around. This is a huge motivator for many players who play on consoles or PCs to play on their mobile devices and vice versa.
“The cross-progression will allow you to grind on Warzone mobile for two days and then go on to your Warzone account on your PC. And you’ll have upgraded your weapons, and you’ll have made progress on the Battle Pass. I think that’s one of the key things that’s going to make it very, very successful”ANTHONY HOGAN
Will Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile be controller compatible?
Right now, touch screens are the main priority because everyone who plays on mobile will play with touch screens. However, Activision intends to support controllers eventually, even though they have yet to announce which ones.
Even though he still plays every day and has his own thriving channels to consider, Hogan says he would rather support other content creators, helping them behind the scenes as a mentor. He often plays COD Mobile with them in their open lobbies and will undoubtedly join in on the fun that Warzone Mobile promises.
“I have all the equipment, and I have definitely thought of streaming again. But when my kids were younger, it just got in the way of being a dad. As long as I can keep up with my work and my family, I might stream, and I might make content again.”ANTHONY HOGAN