Development studio King is best known for mobile games like Candy Crush Saga and Bubble Witch Saga, but the company is now preparing to take on the enduringly popular Call of Duty franchise. King is apparently building a new team based in Stockholm, Sweden, with the purpose of bringing the biggest FPS franchise around to mobile devices.
“Our challenge as a team is to create a Call of Duty experience on mobile that will strive to transform the best console experience fans know and love, while also breaking new ground for mobile and redefining the genre,” reads a statement on the recruitment page. The project will apparently feature an extensive amount of prototyping, which suggest that there’s currently no clear idea of how the mobile game will work.
It’s not too surprising to see King take a lead role in bringing the franchise to mobile devices. The company obviously knows how to make a profitable app — which is why Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard bought the company for a whopping $5.9 billion in 2015.
The Call of Duty series has made its mark on mobile before, with apps based on its trademark Zombies mode, a real-time strategy game subtitled Heroes, and an attempt at a fully-fledged instalment designed for smartphones called Strike Team. However, the franchise hasn’t seen a new mobile game since 2014.
We already know that the next mainline Call of Duty game will likely see the series return to its roots, but there’s currently no telling which era the mobile game will be set in.