Yes, you read the headline correctly. The next Call of Duty mobile game will be made by Swedish developer King, most noted for the Candy Crush franchise.
In a post on its website, the Activision Blizzard-owned studio is promising to transform the console experience for mobile users.
While offering no details on when the dedicated mobile experience will arrive, the developer says it wants the game to be “fresh, social and highly accessible,” while keeping the experience “authentic.”
In the announcement (via) posted this week, King wrote: “Our challenge as a team is to create a Call of Duty experience on mobile that will strive to transform the best console experience fans know and love, while also breaking new ground for mobile and redefining the genre.
Activision-Blizzard paid a whopping $5.9 billion for King a little over a year ago, but the decision to hand the iconic Call of Duty franchise to a studio that’s enjoyed most of its success in casual games represents a big leap of faith.
The few Call of Duty games that have been made available for mobile devices to date have been ill-fitting, underwhelming ports.
So, it will be fascinating to see what King produces given its promise to “transform” and still remain “authentic” to the beloved console experience.
The company is seeking to fill a number of positions, including level design and art direction, calling them the “career opportunity of a lifetime.”
Do you hold out much hope for the Call of Duty mobile adaptation? Can King deliver the goods? Share your thoughts in the comments below.