Originally released in 2019, Call of Duty: Mobile is a game that Activision continues to regularly support. Like many other online games, Call of Duty: Mobile comes out with new content on a seasonal basis in order to keep players engaged. The latest season of the game will feature a crossover with the popular Japanese franchise, Ghost in the Shell.
Ghost in the Shell is a long-running Japanese cyberpunk media franchise that started with a Manga series of the same name. Originally running from 1989-1991, the series had two sequel series published throughout the 90s. In addition, the Manga has had three separate animated film adaptations, one live-action version titled Ghost in the Shell, two different television series, and one video game based on its setting and characters. The story primarily focuses on a character known as Major Motoko Kusanagi as she investigates a cyber criminal known as the Puppeteer who hacks people's brains in order to make them commit crimes. Now the long-running franchise will have a crossover with Call of Duty.
In a recent press release, Activision revealed that the latest season of Call of Duty: Mobile would be a crossover with Ghost in the Shell. Specifically, it will be based on the controversial Netflix series Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The new season will involve taking on the post-humans in the battle royal map. It will allow players the opportunity to earn 50 new tiers of Battle Pass rewards and a new supply of free and premium content. This new season called, New Vision City, will be available on August 3 at 5 PM PST.
While Season 6 of Call of Duty: Mobile allowed players to engage in aerial battles, the latest season will allow players to engage in cyberpunk warfare. The new battle royal map will be known as New Vision City and was inspired by the Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 setting. The city itself will be covered in perpetual darkness and only illumined by cyber-themed neon lights covering the high-rise buildings. The season will also feature new abilities known as Cyberware Abilities and allow players to earn one per match. There will also be at least one new themed event involving a mystery with the series protagonist Motoko.
Battle royal crossovers such as these are not at all uncommon. Fortnite, arguably the most popular battle royale game on the market, has contained a ton of similar crossovers. Last year, for example, Fortnite revealed that it was including Spider-Man, giving players brand new ways to play the game. Call of Duty: Mobile trying something similar with another big franchise, in this case, Ghost in the Shell, was a natural evolution for the game to take. Whether it ultimately pays off, however, remains to be seen.
Call of Duty: Mobile is available now for Android and iOS.
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