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Activision reveals new details on Call of Duty: Mobile Battle Royale mode

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Activision has dropped a large blog post announcing a ton of details on the Battle Royale mode for the upcoming free to play Call of Duty: Mobile game.

Here’s the details:

Overview

We couldn’t be more excited today to show you a first glimpse into the second major mode of Call of Duty®: Mobile – Battle Royale. This is a unique take on the genre, custom-built for mobile with Call of Duty®’s signature gameplay, that thrusts the adrenaline-pumping survival mode into a colossal map that features iconic locations from across the Call of Duty universe.

It’s standalone from other Battle Royale experiences in Call of Duty. So, those familar Call of Duty®:Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode may find some familiarity, but ultimately this experience is unique to Call of Duty®: Mobile. So prepare for some thrilling and exciting gameplay on the go as you deploy, scavenge and survive in any way you can.

Call of Duty®: Mobile – Battle Royale: Overall intel:

    * Up to 100 total rivals on a large-scale, sprawling Battle Royale map.

    * Single, Two-person, or Four-person playlists are currently being playtested, so you can choose a match and play individually, as part of a pair, or as a team of four.

    * Choose from one of six initial classes, each with their own ability and skill.

    * The mode features similar rules to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout map; drop in from above, find weapons and gear, survive on the ground, and eliminate all to win!

    * Reviving teammates introduces a dog tag retrieval, with successfully-healed friends dropping in from a cargo plane once they are healed.

    * The game can be played in either a third or first-person perspective, which you decide on before the match begins.

    * The massive map features a wide variety of new territory to explore, as well over a dozen settings from previous Call of Dutytitles, including Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty®: Black Ops, and Call of Duty®: Black Ops II.

Note Call of Duty®: Mobile is still early in development and testing, so information is subject to change.

When you first begin Battle Royale, you’re presented with a quick overview detailing the important game details, designed to get you into the action as quickly as possible, but with an overall understanding of the actions to undertake and the threats to face.

Here’s what to expect: 

Prior to each match, you’re able to pick from a variety of Loadout elements, including the choosing of your Class, camos, and skins.

Battle Royale Preparation

Before each match, you can quickly head to the deployment zone, or take a moment to make some adjustments and learn the following onboarding information:

Basic Actions

There are six basic actions to undertake as a Battle Royale match occurs:

Choose Class: Firstly, you pick the class you want to play as; each with a an Ability and Class Skill designed to match your style of play.

Parachuting: Secondly, as the match begins, you and up to 100 other rivals utilize a wingsuit, dropping out of an aircraft and steering toward a favored part of the sprawling Battle Royale map, before pulling the ripcord and landing by parachute.

Searching: Next, the scavenging begins! Without equipment or armaments, you need to find items dotting about the map, usually in buildings or supply caches. When you’re tooled up sufficiently, it’s time to engage. Or hide.

Move Fast & Hide: It’s usually recommended to push to a relatively-safe area, encroaching on a building and positioning yourself out of view of any rivals. Then you can play an offensive or defensive game, depending on the variables of the match in question.

Revive Teammate: If you’re playing Duos or Quads, expect to dash to the aid of a fallen friend; reviving them if they’ve been neutralized by a foe; naturally you need to keep your wits about you so you aren’t tagged too!

Fight: Obviously, you’re spending the rest of the match battling for supremacy of the map, aiming to be the last person standing. Use all methods to stay alive until the end of the game!

Control

We’ve previously detailed the various control methods and how they translated to mobile devices. During Battle Royale, some additional control functionality unique to the mode is added. You can access the Backpack (allowing access to health, armor, and other equipment) as well as your class skill. Furthermore, you’re taught the more ubiquitous maneuvers, such as crouching and going prone, jumping and mantling over objects, and marking a position on the Battle Royale map. The straightforward access to these control elements further adds to the ease of movement during gameplay.

Classes

Whether you’re on a team or not, you now choose a particular Class of character from the initial six on offer. Each class brings a set of particular talents to the combat zone. Choose from:

            Defender: With the ability to place a deformable Transform Shield, this class also is Reinforced, raising resistance to all damage except bullets.

            Mechanic: Able to call an EMP Drone to create electro-magnetic interference on hostile forces, this class also features the Engineer ability, granting augmented sight to vehicles, hostile traps, and other equipment.

            Scout: Utilizing the Sensor Dart that can view hostile positions in the immediate area of the radar map, this class also benefits from the Tracker ability; allowing you to see fresh footprints of hostiles.

            Clown: A master of distraction and friend of the undead, this class has a Toy Bomb to detonate, summoning zombies that only attack hostiles near to them; due in part to the Clown having the Anti-Zombie ability, which reduces the zombies’ aggression distance.

            Medic: This class can place a Medical Station that continuously heals the Medic and associated allies in the immediate vicinity. In addition, the Master Healer ability allows a Medic to heal more quickly, and reduces the time it takes to revive teammates.

            Ninja: Lastly, this clandestine class has a Grapple Gun that fires a hook, allowing you to propel yourself up and onto target buildings or across the landscape at speed. Movement is quiet too, due to this class having the Dead Silence ability.

Reviving

Before you drop, you receive instructions on the revival of teammates: If a friend is taken out, they leave a dog tag behind. Move to and pick up this dog tag, and the teammate can be revived, which is attempted using the revive button. If you’re not interrupted during the revival, the teammate can rejoin the fray. This doesn’t happen immediately; they appear on a plane and drop back onto the battlefield.

Loadout Menu

With your onboarding complete, you can make changes in the Battle Royale loadout menu, allowing you to invite friends, switch character classes, choose your favorite Weapon Camos, Item Skins, and Vehicle Skins, make adjustments to your knife, wingsuit, and parachute, choose emojis, and make a number of other adjustments before the game begins.

Camera Type

Once you’ve completed the debriefing, you’re able to pick the perspective of the camera: Choose either First-Person Perspective (FPP) or Third-Person Perspective (TPP). As you’d expect, FPP view shows your weapon, but not your character, and is the viewpoint you’re used to from Call of Duty games. However, TPP shows your entire character, with the camera behind you a few feet away; similar to the viewpoint when you’re driving a vehicle in Blackout.

Naturally, as players can have a TPP have a slight advantage (they can peer around corners without physically having to step out of cover), games will be matched to the camera type you choose (so there aren’t current plans to have TPP and FPP together in the same game).

One, Two, or Four-Player Teams

Currently, there are three Battle Royale game playlists being tested: There’s single-player (everyone for themselves!), two-person (teams of two), and quartets (teams of four). While you’re waiting on the map for the game to begin, you can make some last-minute changes (switching classes, for example), before deployment begins!

Welcome to Battle Royale!

Upon landing, you’ve moments to seek cover, gather gear, and tackle enemies across a massive environment of locations both familiar and new.

Battle Royale Begins: A Descent into Chaos

As the 100 rivals start to descend from transport aircraft high above the battlefield, you’re able to time your drop, steering to a preferred area of the map using your wingsuit and parachute, hoping your teammates are in the vicinity and enemies are sparse until you’re tooled up with preferred weapons, and ready to fight. Then it’s a fight until you (or your team) are the only ones standing!

Upon landing, you initially need to scramble and loot the area for armaments, health kits, armor, ammo, weapon attachments, and avoid any roaming zombies as well as other rivals. The game auto-gathers the best equipment for you, but you’re still able to grab and utilize your preferred items easily. Doors are auto-opened when you step to them, and you can smash through windows and mantle using the jump button, climb ladders, and (if you have it) utilize the Grapple Hook, as you’d expect.

Expect intermittent supply crates dropped from above, as well as beacons marking the location of Class Upgrade items, augmenting your particular set of skills, with some only becoming accessible once the instructions on the cache are completed. This usually involves the clearing of the immediate area of zombies. Expect areas with high-value equipment to be swarming with foes en route to claim these advantages too, meaning forethought and planning is needed to ensure you’re not overrun by enemies, all intent on gathering these advantages for themselves.

Faster deployment around the map plays an important role in Battle Royale too, with four different controllable vehicles currently accessible:

    ATV: A two-person quad-bike with speed but little protection.

    Light Helicopter: With room for three including the pilot, allowing you to rain down fire from above.

    SUV: An armored troop carrier with room for four, offering more ponderous mobility, but the extra protection compared to the ATV.

    Tactical Raft: Take to the waters (including an ocean and rivers) in this fast boat, but watch for snipers!

As the game progresses, the circle collapses, forcing you to a smaller and smaller area of the map on a collision course with the enemy. As time and territory whittles down, it becomes increasingly important to know the terrain, and how to best utilize it in the remaining moments of a match.

Call of Duty®: Mobile introduces a third-person perspective during Battle Royale matches; though the ubiquitous first-person viewpoint is also a choice.

Battle Royale: Navigating the Map

The map itself offers a large variety of topography to fight through, including all-new hills, mesas, settlements, rivers, and bridges, as well as a host of familiar locations from previous Call of Duty titles dotted throughout the environment. Though this isn’t the complete list of locations, expect the map to include the following settings:

            Countdown: The hangars and missile silos; elements from the map that appeared in Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare.

            Crash: The war-torn settlement with a downed helicopter in the middle, from Call of Duty® 4: Modern Warfare.

            Diner: The infamous eatery from Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

            Estate: The hilltop house and grounds, inspired by the map in from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare 2.

Farm: The foreboding rural nightmare from Zombies Survival mode, from Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

            Firing Range: The military practice facility, versions of which were seen throughout the from Call of Duty®: Black Opsfranchise.

            Killhouse: The small, symmetrical warehouse of mayhem from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

            Launch: The cosmodrome and launch pad from Call of Duty®: Black Ops.

Overgrown: A large, rural farm and fields from Call of Duty 4®: Modern Warfare.

            Nuketown: The iconic suburbs with a subterranean secret, as seen in all the Call of Duty®: Black Ops releases.

            Pipeline: The grimy and overgrown railyard from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

            Seaside: The coastal multiplayer map originally from Call of Duty 4: Black Ops 4.

            Shipment: The crammed cargo docks from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

            Standoff: The border town map from Call of Duty®: Black Ops II.

Fight your way through environments that span the Call of Duty series, with Battle Royale map locations from Modern Warfare and Black Ops.

Other Modes

Battle Royale is one mode to play as part of the entire Call of Duty: Mobile gaming experience. Consult previous Activision Games Blog posts to discover more about the menus, loadouts, characters, and multiplayer maps, and look for further information in the coming weeks.

Pre-Registration is Open!

Pre-registration for Call of Duty: Mobile is now open in select regions, including North America, South America, Europe, and other territories. Sign up and pre-register for Call of Duty: Mobile on Android and iOS at www.callofduty.com/mobile to receive all the latest game updates, information, and access to the public beta available soon in select regions. In addition, pre-registration is also open in China; go to codm.qq.com to sign up within this region.

The first limited-scale closed Beta test began recently in India, and a regional Beta test will kick off soon in Australia, with more territories coming online in the coming months.

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Dr Disrespect explains how Battlefield 2042 could reignite CoD rivalry

After loving Battlefield 2042’s reveal trailer, Dr Disrespect explained how this year’s title could reignite the franchise’s rivalry with CoD.

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Dr Disrespect has long been fed up with Warzone and the current state of gaming but believes Battlefield 2042 could bring back the rivalry with Call of Duty.

Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV, who streams under the alias “Dr Disrespect,” has been having a bad time with Warzone recently, saying that he’s “over” the game and might take a break from streaming if another game doesn’t come out soon. Lamenting the game’s audio, visibility, and the state of solos, Doc has said that Battlefield 2042 will be the competition Warzone needs.

In the mid-2010s, Call of Duty and Battlefield were the shooter franchises to buy, with both franchises putting out action-packed, cinematic trailers to rival the other game. After watching Battlefield 2042’s epic reveal trailer, streamer Dr Disrespect believes that the two franchises’ once-great rivalry could reignite.

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Throughout Battlefield 2042’s official reveal trailer Dr Disrespect looked impressed throughout and said afterward, “They’re bringing showtime.”

“I’ve gotta be honest, that was a fantastic trailer man. Action-packed. Kind of reminds me of the old days to a certain degree. Remember when Call of Duty was putting out these big trailers and then it was back and forth between Battlefield…I feel like we lost some of that competition the past couple of years, I don’t know why…but I’m liking this.”

Although Doc enjoyed the cinematic trailer, he was quite disappointed that no gameplay was shown. He explained how he’s especially excited for the gameplay reveal on June 13, and here’s how to watch it.

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Dr Disrespect has previously said he’s especially excited for a Battlefield battle royale, which he believes could emulate Warzone’s success and be the rival it needs.

While Battlefield 2042 won’t have a battle royale at launch, a recent report claims that 2021’s Call of Duty Vanguard will launch with a brand new WW2-themed map. The competition is set to be fierce at the end of the year, which can only improve both franchises.

If, like Doc, you’re excited to see what DICE has cooked up for Battlefield’s massive scale multiplayer, here’s how you can access the game’s Beta ahead of launch.

Image Credit: Dr Disrespect / DICE / Activision

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Former General Manager of Call of Duty joins EA to lead Battlefield franchise

With all the hype surrounding the new Battlefield, EA have employed an ex-Call of Duty executive to help boost the franchise.

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EA has appointed a new general manager for Battlefield 2021 as the hype continues to develop for the franchise’s future release.

There has been a lot of hype surrounding Battlefield’s future release, from supposed leaked images to the gameplay reveal teaser released recently.

It seems the community is longing for a new Battlefield game, with popular Warzone player Dr Disrespect even stating his excitement for it. A new Battlefield game would breathe life into the FPS genre, especially if it can compete with Call of Duty: Warzone.

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It does seem that EA is taking steps to do this. Not only have there been leaks suggesting that the new Battlefield will feature Warzone-like weapon loadout customization, but recent news has revealed that EA has even employed an ex-Call of Duty general manager.

EA announced today that Byron Beede, the former Call of Duty and Destiny general manager, has been appointed as the new SVP and GM of the Battlefield franchise, which perhaps “signals a strategic, long-term commitment to the growth of the franchise.”

Beede played a huge role in the development of both Call of Duty and Destiny, even playing an integral part in the growth of Warzone and Call of Duty Mobile, which are extremely popular.

It is also understood that Bryan Beede will also be directing the new Battlefield Mobile entity set for next year as well as a new Battlefield game. However, it does seem Bryan’s overall focus will be on developing the franchise for future growth.

Beede left Activision and Call of Duty in April 2021, when Activision announced that Johanna Faries would take over as General Manager of Call of Duty.

IGN has reported that: “Beede will report directly to Respawn founder Vince Zampella, who took over as head of DICE LA last year. DICE Stockholm GM, Oskar Gabrielson, and EA European studios GGM David Rutter will see no changes to their positions.”

With all of these developments in the background, Battlefield fans will surely be even more hyped for the release and even the reveal, which is coming on June 9.

We aren’t sure what to expect for the future of Battlefield, but we are definitely excited to see where it goes. For more on the future release, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL and check out our article on Battlefield’s leaked alpha date.

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Activision provides an update on and future plans for combating toxicity in Call of Duty

The Call of Duty community has received an update from the franchise regarding its current and future efforts to combat toxicity.

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Activision has provided the Call of Duty community an update on its work to combat various forms of toxicity and its plans to make sure that the Call of Duty franchise provides a safe and fun gameplay experience for everyone.

Call of Duty is one of the biggest entertainment franchises globally and has grown to new heights recently with the release and support of Warzone, Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Call of Duty: Mobile.

However, as with most online multiplayer games, some players, unfortunately, resort to engaging in toxic behavior that includes hate speech and harassment.

To combat this toxicity, Activision has been working to remove this kind of behavior from Call of Duty games and recently provided the community an update on the work it has been doing to accomplish it and what it plans to do going forward to be more effective in combating toxicity.

According to the update, over 350,000 accounts have been banned in the past 12 months for “racist names or toxic behavior based on player-submitted reports and an extensive review of our player-name database.”

The update also stated that new in-game filters had been implemented to catch potentially offensive user names, clan tags, or profiles. New technology to filter potentially offensive text chat and filters across 11 languages has also been implemented.

Activision also stated in the toxicity report that it would be working to improve in areas that will help “give players the tools needed to manage their own gameplay experience, combined with an enforcement approach that addresses hate speech, racism, sexism, and harassment..”

You can find these areas of improvement below:

  • More resources to support detection and enforcement
  • Additional monitoring and backend technology
  • Scrubbing databases to bring systems up to current standards
  • Consistent and fair review of enforcement policies
  • Increased communication with the community

There is no doubt that toxic behavior can ruin the enjoyable experience that video games like Call of Duty are intended to provide to players. Hopefully, these efforts by the franchise will work in reducing instances of toxicity to a non-existent level.

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