If the number of pre-registrations can be taken as a measurement scale for success, Call of Duty: Mobile has already won — at least in China.
According to an announcement made earlier today by Activision and Tencent Games, over 16 million players from the world’s most populous country have signed up for the upcoming adaptation.
The figure wasn’t broken down by neither publisher nor developer to ascertain if the recent confirmation of the release date helped boost signups. While pre-registrations from other regions were also missing, China being home to the largest mobile-using market was always going to be in the lead.
Call of Duty: Mobile will be the first free-to-play installment in the franchise, featuring both multiplayer and a battle royale mode. The latter has proven to be exceptionally popular in China, as indicated by other games like PUBG and Fortnite. Activision and Tencent Games are just looking for a piece of the pie.
The official blurb describes Call of Duty: Mobile as a combination of Modern Warfare and Black Ops. Hence, you can expect iconic features to be part of the experience. Soap McTavish, Simon “Ghost” Riley, and Alex Mason are all returning, alongside classic maps such as Nuketown, Crash, and Hijacked. Besides the battle royale mode, there will be Team Deathmatch, Domination, and even Gun Game.
Call of Duty: Mobile is scheduled to release for Android and iOS devices in China and the rest of the world on October 1, 2019. Like its predecessors, it too shall have a premium currency for microtransactions and a battle pass for seasonal content.
The mobile adaptation will arrive nearly a month before the new Modern Warfare, which is scheduled to release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 25, 2019. The ongoing beta has entered its second week, should you be interested.