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
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.
As we’ve known for some time now, Apex Legends is going to support cross play. However, before now we hadn’t received an official release date on when to expect it. Thanks to Respawn’s latest update post, we now know the beta is closer than expected. You’ll be able to try out cross play as early as Tuesday, October 6.
Cross-play is becoming an increasingly popular addition in many battle royale. We’ve already seen Call of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite implement it and now Apex is set to follow. When it’s introduced, cross-play will let you play Apex Legends with friends regardless of platform. The beta will support PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.
The next step for Apex Legends
For many, this update is considered the next step for EA’s world famous battle royale. Apex Legends has already been responsible for implementing many genre defining features. So it’s lack of cross-play did feel a little out of place.
Cross-play will be enabled by default however users will have a toggle option to turn it off. This will be easily accessible via the in-game settings. If you’re playing on Xbox One though you will also have to enable or disable the console’s cross-play option. This can be found in the System Settings application.
Once you’re partied up you’ll have access to everything a regular Apex Legends squad would. That includes voice chat, pinging communication, and text chat. Unfortunately, this update won’t be including cross-progression. According to Respawn, this will be discussed as a potential update closer to the Steam launch later this year.
Finally, the addition of cross-play has seem some adjustments made to the Apex Legends matchmaking algorithm. When a PC player is in a lobby you will always be placed in a primarily PC populated game. This is to prevent mouse and keyboard players being matched with controller players where possible.