Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is coming. Activision has posted job listings for work on this upcoming port of Warzone to mobile platforms, and really, considering the success of PUBG on mobile, Warzone on mobile has felt inevitable for some time. We don't have official details just yet, but there are some things we can expect from this new Call of Duty mobile game. In this article, we'll explain Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile's release date, cross-play, maps, and more.
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile's Release Date
In March 2022, Call of Duty posted a blog on the official site entitled, "Join us in building Call of Duty: Warzone for mobile." In the post, Activision called for developers to apply for positions across fields to help bring Warzone to mobile.
It's unlikely that Activision is just now, in March of 2022, starting to develop Warzone for mobile, but it's likely more like this has been in pre-production for a while and in the cards for a while, and now Activision is finally ready to enter the game into full production and steam towards a release date a few years down the road.
It makes sense for Activision to do this now, too, as Warzone 2 approaches. Hype for Warzone Mobile or the game itself won't have a chance to cut into the playerbase of Warzone, because by the time Warzone Mobile actually comes out, Warzone 2 will be here.
What does all this mean for Warzone on mobile's actual release date? It's impossible to say for sure, right now, but it's safe to safe we're at the least a year or two out from playing a Call of Duty battle royale on a phone.
Cross-Play in Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile
As mentioned above, the actual Warzone is itself going to get a full-fledged sequel in the not too distant future, though we don't have an official release date for that, either. Meaning that Warzone as we know it will see a steep drop-off in players as gamers flock to the new experience.
In this aspect, cross-play between mobile Warzone and regular Warzone wouldn't make a ton sense. Then, there's the huge gap in precision between mobile controls and console/PC controls which would inevitably put mobile players at a major disadvantage.
Call of Duty: Mobile allows cross-play between mobile and PC, but Call of Duty: Mobile is a much more casual game. You'll often find bots in Call of Duty: Mobile lobbies, and in general, as a free-to-play mobile game, expectations of competitiveness are a lot lower for it.
Warzone's been one of the biggest, most popular, most competitive games in the world for a while, so cross-play between Warzone Mobile and Warzone just wouldn't work. So, it's pretty safe to say we'll see a PUBG-type situation where the mobile game is for mobile players only.
Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile Maps
Without cross-play between Warzone and Warzone mobile, a mobile Warzone wouldn't need to have Verdansk, Rebirth, or Caldera, but there are some rumors that suggest Verdansk may be a part of Warzone Mobile.
Verdansk, in general, is the most popular map out of the suite of Warzone maps, particularly the final versions of the map with all the Cold War updates that many found to improve upon the initial layout of the map.
However, Activision is building Warzone Mobile from the ground up for that platform, and without cross-play, Activision can go in a totally new direction. technical limitations keep Warzone from having a variety of maps in a queue you can play, but these limitations may not exist on mobile.
Perhaps the lower fidelity of mobile games will mean vastly reduced file sizes for maps on Warzone Mobile, so it may be totally viable to expect a variety of totally new maps to come to Warzone Mobile. We could even see old Call of Duty maps, like Blackout's map, come to Warzone Mobile.
Call of Duty: Mobile vs. Warzone Mobile
Call of Duty: Mobile has a battle royale mode, so, naturally, Warzone Mobile will compete with this, and it will likely inevitably take players away from Call of Duty: Mobile. So, it's safe to say that Activision will do its absolute best to differentiate the two battle royale games.
Warzone Mobile, accordingly, will have to heavily tie directly into Warzone. They can't take too many liberties with new weapons, new maps, and new mechanics, or Warzone Mobile won't feel like Warzone and will instead just feel like another Call of Duty mobile battle royale you can choose to play.
Though, it's also possible Activision tries to shutter the battle royale portion of Call of Duty: Mobile as they look towards finally releasing Warzone Mobile to try and concentrate all the mobile BR players into a single game.