Call of Duty: Mobile has been very successful, having over 650 million downloads since its release in October 2019. It has also been a profitable venture as players spent over $1 billion in 2021 in microtransactions following its release in China.
However, Activision plans to replace the game with the newer Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile. Call of Duty: Mobile will be phased-out once Warzone Mobile launches later this year.
"CoD: Mobile was developed and is owned by TiMi Studios, a subsidiary of Tencent," Microsoft said in its filed response to the UK CMA's investigation into its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. "CoD: Mobile is expected to be phased out over time (outside of China) with the launch of Warzone Mobile."
Recently, the UK CMA suggested that the tech giant should divest or exclude Call of Duty from the deal in order to have it approved. Microsoft has been reluctant to heed the advice given that Call of Duty enjoys a huge following which includes its mobile title.
"A divestment would have severe adverse effects on the development of competition because it would prevent Microsoft from achieving its key strategic objective, namely building a mobile gaming business with sufficient scale in order to challenge Google and Apple," the company said in its response.
"A divestment of the Activision segment would include a divestment of CoD: Mobile and CoD Warzone Mobile. An additional divestment of the Blizzard segment would also include Diablo Immortal (which is available on PC and mobile)," Microsoft adds. "These are among the most relevant mobile games published by Activision. It is these games, particularly Warzone Mobile and Diablo Immortal (rather than the King games), which would provide Microsoft with the assets, know-how and talent to develop mobile versions of its own console games."
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile was announced last September as a joint venture between Activision Shanghai, Beenox, Digital Legends, and Solid State.
A recent beta test revealed that the multiplayer maps for Warzone Mobile are from the Verdansk map for Call of Duty: Warzone. The game will feature classic modes such as Team Domination and Team Deathmatch. While the map for the Battle Royale mode has not been revealed, we expect that it will also be using the Verdansk map prior to the nuclear event in Warzone 1.
The upcoming mobile title will also be linked to the player’s Call of Duty account on PC or Consoles. The games will have cross-progression, making grinding gun levels and skins much easier.
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is arriving later this year for iOS and Android. Pre-ordering the game will reward the player with an operator skin, two weapon blueprints, and other cosmetic items.