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Call of Duty being developed for mobile by Candy Crush dev

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Call of Duty: WWII

It turns out that the mobile adaptation of Activision Blizzard's popular shooter Call of Duty will be handled by developer King, the name you may recall from Candy Crush Saga, an incredibly addictive mobile puzzler of similar magnitude.

The job ad says King are looking for a level designer to join them in Stockholm on an adaptation of one of most popular game franchises, Call of Duty, which they'll be doing in collaboration with Activision Blizzard. There are also ads for a senior network engineer and a senior tools developer.

Unlike Call of Duty: Heroes though, which is a strategy game developed for mobile, King's Call of Duty will definitely be a shooter. You know, just in case you thought we'll be seeing Crush of Duty on your cellphone.

The dev says level designers will be tasked with creating the sort of work that shows off the best that mobile Call of Duty gameplay has to offer. King are looking for someone with hands on experience on first person shooters, which is perfectly understandable considering the scope of the project.

Interestingly, King's description of autonomous creative teams that are closely tied to the community seems to be an ironic reminder of what both Activision and Blizzard once were. I seem to recall when their games were specifically aimed at gamers, rather than shareholders, but let's not go there.

Although somewhat unexpected at this point, especially with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 announcement scheduled for 17 May 2018, porting the shooter to mobile was bound to happen sooner or later. Activision Blizzard bought King back in 2015 and although the dev hasn't been the prime suspect for developing Call of Duty, mobile or not, the move does make sense.

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The sort of success Fortnite and PUBG have enjoyed on mobile is yet another thing that surely keeps big wigs at Activision Blizzard awake at night, so it's perfectly understandable to see the company go for a piece of the mobile pie with Call of Duty. We're sure their shareholders think the same.