Activison remove R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow from Warzone and Cold War

Warzone R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow early release

Yesterday Activision accidently released the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow early into Warzone. It could be unlocked via an in-game challenge or purchased from the store. It However, the publisher has reversed the change and some fans aren’t happy.

Anyone who purchased the bundle has been refunded for their purchase. You’ll be able to re-purchase the bundle again when it goes live again later. Assuming it is planned to be a mid-season release, players can expect the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow to drop early next month.

It hasn’t gone down well

Warzone R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow bundle

Had Activision simply removed the crossbow Call of Duty fans may have not been too bothered. However, the publisher has chosen to reset all progress players made with the crossbow. If you earned mastery camo on it you won’t have unlocked once the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow is released.

Unlocking Gold camouflage on a gun can take several hours. In Black Ops Cold War especially, gun levelling is very slow. This is an unusual move as in the past Activision has not punished players for similar situations. For example, some Modern Warfare players have unlocked the Sykov pistol early and have kept access to it for months.

On one hand, I can understand Activision’s position. It was an unintentional release and it likely doesn’t want anything messing up its release schedule. AAA games like Call of Duty usually have strict schedules that developers have to adhere to. It’s currently unclear why this mistake happened in the first place.

However, there was no indication that the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow was released by accident. Therefore, it seems unfair to punish the most dedicated players who put aside time to play your game. As far as we can tell, there is no plans to revert this decision. Once the crossbow releases for real next month players will have to level it up again from scratch.

Call of Duty: Mobile earnt Activision over $480 million in its first year

Call of Duty: Mobile

Mobile gaming has always been a huge market that most major publishers are desperate to break into. For Activison, its breakthrough came in the form of Call of Duty: Mobile. Mobile is a on the go port of Call of Duty that features a plethora of content from past games.

Everyone knows that its popular but recent figures courtesy of Sensor Tower show that Mobile is performing even better than expected. In fact, these new numbers claim that it has been downloaded 270 million times and raked in an impressive $480 million. A sizable $215 million of total revenue came from US based players alone.

CoD Mobile is a huge success

Call of Duty Mobile gameplay sniper

To put those numbers into context, here’s how Call of Duty’s primary competitors performed. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds came in at $274 million whilst Fortnite raked in $239 million from US bade players. So CoD Mobile’s $215 million is certainly nothing to scoff at.

Interestingly, after the US Japan and Germany ranked second and third for revenue made. As for downloads, Brazil and India rounded off the top three. This makes sense as both of those markets tend to flock to free-to-play mobile games. A quick look at the figures for Indian gaming platforms will show that much.

One of the things that makes Call of Duty: Mobile so popular is its attempts to appeal to classic CoD players. The FPS features a ton of content lifted directly from games of old. Examples include Crossfire from Call of Duty 4 and Firing Range from Black Ops.

The nostalgia for many doesn’t just stop at maps either. Developer TiMi Studios knows exactly what it’s doing. A large selection of the CoD Mobile guns are also taken straight out of classic titles. You can see the full list here if you’re interested in finding out more.