Microsoft expects CoD Mobile to be ‘phased out’ for Warzone Mobile

Microsoft has said it expects Call of Duty: Mobile to be “phased out over time” for Warzone Mobile.

Developed by Tencent’s Timi studio, the free-to-play Call of Duty: Mobile was released in October 2019 and had topped 650 million downloads as of May 2022, according to its publisher Activision.

The company said at the time that Call of Duty: Mobile had enjoyed a record year in 2021, with consumer spending “well above” $1 billion, following a surge in downloads coinciding with its release in China.

But according to Microsoft, Activision’s long-term plan is to replace the game with Warzone Mobile, which is scheduled for release this year.

Officially revealed last September, Warzone Mobile is being co-developed by Activision’s Shanghai, Beenox, Digital Legends, and Solid State studios.

“CoD: Mobile was developed and is owned by TiMi Studios, a subsidiary of Tencent,” Microsoft said in a newly published response to the UK competition regulator’s investigation into its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

“CoD: Mobile is expected to be phased out over time (outside of China) with the launch of Warzone Mobile,” it added.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has said Microsoft may need to divest part of Activision Blizzard or Call of Duty if the watchdog is to approve the $69 billion merger.

But Microsoft is reluctant to entertain such structural remedies given the size of the Call of Duty brand and Activision Blizzard’s mobile expertise.

“A divestment would have severe adverse effects on the development of competition because it would prevent Microsoft from achieving its key strategic objective, namely building a mobile gaming business with sufficient scale in order to challenge Google and Apple,” the Xbox maker said in its response to the CMA’s provisional findings.

“A divestment of the Activision segment would include a divestment of CoD: Mobile and CoD Warzone Mobile. An additional divestment of the Blizzard segment would also include Diablo Immortal (which is available on PC and mobile).

“These are among the most relevant mobile games published by Activision. It is these games, particularly Warzone Mobile and Diablo Immortal (rather than the King games), which would provide Microsoft with the assets, know-how and talent to develop mobile versions of its own console games.”

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expect the unexpected microsoft!!

it certainly will not be phased out


Activision have made a statement regarding this and Microsoft's claim is incorrect from the sounds of things.


Cod mobile is a great game microsoft needs to put down the pipe and step outside the box


That's Bs CoD mobile is really damn good. They need to make a pc game like it. Mixing all the games / maps and guns !


Warzone mobile could be huge but I think a lot more people are interested in playing multiplayer games rather than long battle royales, especially while mobile.

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