Call of Duty: Warzone, the popular free-to-play cross-platform battle royale game from Activision, is about to make its way to smartphones. Players on Android and iOS already have access to Call of Duty: Mobile, which released on mobile phones in October 2019. CoD publisher Activision has revealed that it is looking to hire 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 has revealed its plans to bring Call of Duty: Warzone to smartphones in a blog post, as it attempts to bring the AAA title to mobile screens at scale. Call of Duty: Warzone for mobiles will be built natively and will be a live service game, like the main free-to-play title for PC and consoles. Activision hasn’t revealed whether players on the upcoming mobile version will be able to play with players on other platforms.
In order to bring Call of Duty: Warzone to smartphones, Activision announces that it is recruiting development and publishing teams, including production, engineering, design, art, and marketing. The company recruits from several in-house studios, including Solid State Studios, Beenox, Digital Legends, and Demonware. Activision is still under US investigation on charges of discrimination and harassment after workers staged a protest last year – the investigation was recently widened.
It’s unclear when Call of Duty: Warzone will hit smartphones, but journalist Tom Henderson had already tweeted that the game has been added to the PlaytestCloud database. However, this does not indicate that the game is an entertaining playtest – development on the port has yet to begin.
Meanwhile, Activision is working on adding 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, which made a cheater’s bullets “bounce” off regular players, as part of its Ricochet anti-cheat software. Activision also revealed that cheaters will be banned across the entire Call of Duty franchise, including future Call of Duty games.