THAT a new Call of Duty mobile game is on the way should not come as a surprise to anyone.
That one is being developed by King, the multi-billion pound mobile gaming behemoth behind the saccharine Candy Crush, Shuffle Cats and Farm Heroes may do, though.
“In collaboration with Activision Blizzard, we [King] are adapting one of the most iconic game franchises of all-time: Call of Duty,” the listing says.
It goes on to say their aim “is to create a Call of Duty experience on mobile” and that this game should “social and highly accessible”, but also “very authentic”.
Detail in the listing suggests that the game will be a first-person shooter — no matching three Thompson Submachine Guns for points here — as the levels the applicant will be expected to design should be “great to traverse”.
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The developer is also expected to have “some understanding of the casual and midcore markets”, again implying that the aim is to create a game with wide appeal.
King’s games mostly share a cartoony aesthetic, and have been ubiquitous on Facebook as well as mobile for several years, but this will be their first high-profile foray into more traditional games.
Activision’s £4.3bn acquisition of King back in 2016 brought the Call of Duty’s firms player base to more than 500 million.