What. Activision has just announced and released Call of Duty: Strike Force for iOS devices. Yes, an entire Call of Duty game on mobile devices announced and launched in the same press release! Considering just how much marketing goes into a typical Call of Duty release this is rather startling. I suppose it's just the nature of mobile releases, but could it also be a reflection of the game's quality?
Mark Washbrook, Studio Head of The Blast Furnace, made the following pitch:
"Call of Duty: Strike Team is all about giving a single player experience that is unlike anything else in the Call of Duty world in a way that matches the interests of players on-the-go. By giving fans the option to play in either first-person or third-person views, and to switch between them on the fly, we've really opened the doors for gamers to have a fun and entertaining gameplay experience with Call of Duty: Strike Team, because they can play the game the way they want."
A mixture of third person and first person gameplay put together to make an epic, cinematic Call of Duty experience? Well, that sounds all well and good on paper, but from what I can tell from the trailer it doesn't even look like you have free aim. First person just looks like a camera angle where you can see down one of the 8 directions a squad member can look down in third person mode. Ah, maybe it's just the similarity to the console games that's important.
Call of Duty: Strike Team is now available for $6.99 from the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and will be coming to Android devices later this year.