Call of Duty: Warzone, Activision’s popular cross-platform free-to-play battle royale game is making its way to smartphones. Players on Android and iOS already have access to Call of Duty: Mobile, which was released on mobile phones in October 2019. CoD publisher Activision has announced that it is looking to hire staff across its development and publishing teams to bring Call of Duty: Warzone to smartphones. The publisher has yet to announce when players can expect the mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone to arrive, or which platform will be supported first.
Activision revealed its plans to bring Call of Duty: Warzone in a to smartphones blog entry, as it attempts to port the large-scale AAA title to mobile screens. Call of Duty: Warzone for mobile will be developed natively and will be a live service game, like the main free-to-play title for PC and consoles. Activision hasn’t announced whether players on the upcoming mobile version will be able to play with players on other platforms.
In order to port Call of Duty: Warzone to smartphones, Activision says it is hiring overarching development and publishing teams – including production, engineering, design, art and marketing. The company is hiring at several in-house studios, including Solid State Studios, Beenox, Digital Legends, and Demonware. Activision is still facing a US probe over allegations of discrimination and harassment after workers protested last year – the probe was recently expanded.
There’s no word on when Call of Duty: Warzone will make its way to smartphones, but journalist Tom Henderson had previously done so tweeted that the game has been added to the PlaytestCloud database. However, this is not an indicator that the game is entertaining for testing – development of the port has yet to begin.
In the meantime, Activision has been working to bring new features to Call of Duty: Warzone for PC and consoles. In February, the publisher announced that it had introduced a new God Mode, or Damage Shield, that ricochets a cheater’s bullets off regular players as part of its anti-cheat software, Ricochet. Activision also revealed that cheats would be banned across the Call of Duty franchise, including future Call of Duty games.