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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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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.