CoD news: Warzone is coming to mobile; CDL won’t allow mouse-and-keyboard setups

COD-Warzone

Activision

Information gets out in all sorts of ways. Sometimes you have to go looking for it. Other times, though, it’s just sitting there in the open, waiting for someone to notice it.

A now-deleted job posting on Activision’s Careers page indicated that the game publisher was looking for an executive producer. The project? A new Call of Duty mobile game:

As Executive Producer, Features you will own product framing and player experience of a new AAA mobile FPS in the Call of Duty franchise. Developing in collaboration with multiple Activision studio locations around the world, this leader is a skilled communicator and development leader who can define and harvest the important elements that define a best-in-class mobile shooter game, clearly articulate why these elements are important and what their success criteria are, and shepherd those elements through a distributed development organization to deliver the highest quality software product.

It’s definitely Call of Duty: Warzone

That might seem like a fairly general job description. The listing then goes on to reference Call of Duty: Warzone several times, however.

Specifically, the successful applicant will:

  • Harvest, adapt and deliver the essential features from Warzone console and PC into their best mobile instantiation
  • Improve upon the Warzone formula by proposing and producing mobile-specific additions and changes to features to ensure a best-in-class mobile experience that players will love
  • Serve as primary point of contact on Warzone Mobile leadership team for clarity and decisions on user-facing features, UX and overall quality

Let’s put two and two together. The upshot is that Activision is making a mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone. The publisher has yet to make any public announcement to that effect. Let’s face it, though: there’s no stuffing that cat back in the bag.

Call of Duty League switches platforms

Meanwhile, in other CoD news, the Call of Duty League announced it will change platforms in its next season. The league’s inaugural season wrapped up last month with a decisive victory by the Dallas Empire. For that season, teams played on PlayStation 4 consoles.

In a September 14 blog post, however, the league said it was switching things up. “Today, the League is announcing it will move pro team competition to PC + Controller beginning with the 2021 season. This means that all pro matches will be played on PC and all pro players must use a League-approved controller of their choice.

“As part of this transition, Call of Duty League competition will maintain exclusive use of controllers for the upcoming season,” the post continues. “This change provides players with expanded choice of controller, allowing them to select the League-approved controller style that works best for their game. More details and rules pertaining to peripherals will be released at a future date.”

No mouse or keyboard for Challengers

Furthermore, the same blog post revealed that amateurs looking to compete online in Call of Duty Challengers will have a choice. They will able to use either console or PC.

Those who pick the latter option should take note, however. “Players are required to use controllers. Mouse and keyboard peripherals will not be allowed.”

I have done a lot of different things over the course of my life and professional career. I have interviewed Oscar and Grammy winners and written cover stories for glossy newsstand magazines. I have played guitar in a rock band on national TV and run an independent music label for which I wrote all of the PR and marketing materials. In my spare time, I sweated out a novel about a world where raccoons are kings and dragons are real.

Leave a Comment