When Activision picked up mobile publisher King for billions of dollars a while back, many expected the team to make a few changes to fit into the publisher’s style. Well, we didn’t see anything that was pointing at such a change over the past few months, but, today, King announced an interesting new mobile project that’s a change of pace from the company’s casual offerings.
And not necessarily a bad thing, either. King Digital Entertainment has announced that it hard at work on bringing a new Call of Duty project to mobile devices. The series has seen mobile releases in the past, including an RTS-style game and, of course, first person shooters, but this marks the first time that King will be handling development for the game directly, instead of another internal Activision studio.
The team recently launched a new recruitment website for a studio opening up in Stockholm, Sweden, that will work specifically on the franchise. There, the team confirms that it’s hard at work, teaming up with Activision to create the new chapter in the Call of Duty series. It’s a big change of pace from its usual casual affairs, like the Candy Crush saga, which has generated nearly $2 billion in revenue since it’s release. But it’s more than ready or the change, noting that “fans will want to play for years” once it completes final development on the project.
On the recruiting page, King said, “We are a new King team, located in Stockholm, Sweden, and we’re working on an exciting new project. The team is adapting one of the most iconic game franchises of all-time: Call of Duty, to become a mobile experience. This is a rare and exciting opportunity. 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. Our approach and ambition is to be fresh, social, and highly accessible, while providing a very authentic game experience. The team will prototype extensively, have the freedom to think outside the box, and be encouraged to stretch their expertise in ways to create surprising results.”
We’re still not sure what to make of King’s Call of Duty project just yet, but the fact it’s announced it is big news for the franchise, along with the yet-unannounced next chapter in the series, which is supposedly based on World War II – a return to form for the series.
We’ll keep you updated on the progress of Call of Duty’s mobile development.