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Warzone on mobile confirmed by new Activision job listing

Published: 15/Sep/2020 18:56 Updated: 15/Sep/2020 19:12

by Albert Petrosyan

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Activision plan on releasing Call of Duty: Warzone on mobile after a job listing revealing as much surfaced on the company’s website.

There’s no doubt that Warzone has been one of Call of Duty’s biggest successes to date; since its release in March, it’s captivated the online gaming community and become a clear focal point for Activision and the developers.

Now, it seems that the popular battle royale could be making its way to mobile platforms. A job listing for “Executive Producer, Features” was spotted on Activision’s website on September 15 under “WZM,” which is an acronym of Warzone Mobile.

The listing is clearly for something mobile-related since both the “reporting to” and “department” sections include mobile and the “mission” mentions a “new AAA mobile FPS in the Call of Duty franchise.”

But what really gives it away is the list of responsibilities that the new hire will have to face, which includes “harvest, adapt and deliver the essential features from Warzone console and PC into their best mobile instantiation.”

The term Warzone Mobile is even explicitly stated further down the list: “Serve as primary point of contact on Warzone Mobile leadership team for clarity and decisions on user-facing features, UX, and overall quality.”

This job listing leaves no doubt that Activision want to make their prized BR title available on-the-go and have already began planning to do so.

Maybe the most confusing part about all of this is that the series already has a mobile battle royale game – the one that’s available as part of the Call of Duty: Mobile app. It’s also free to play and has experienced massive success since releasing back in October of 2019.

However, this new project appears to be totally separate, which means that, if Warzone Mobile becomes a thing, CoD may end up having two mobile BR games active at the same time.

Of course, this job listing doesn’t absolutely set in stone that WZM is 100% coming, since Activision can scrap it any time, but it makes sense that they’d want to capitalize on the game’s success and make it more widely available.

CoD MobileCall of Duty: Mobile already features a free-to-play battle royale mode.

Furthermore, it opens up the opportunity for the publishers to further try to emulate the success that Epic Games reached with Fortnite at the game’s peak.

The release of Fortnite Mobile with cross-platform support allowed handheld users to play with and against those on PC and console, which had never been done before and further cemented the BR’s legacy as an all-time great.

We’ll just have to wait and see what becomes of Activision’s new venture, and whether or not it’ll replicate that triumph.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale

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Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.