Call of Duty: Mobile will be getting rid of zombies, per an announcement from Treyarch and Activision. “We had always mentioned it was limited but with no explicit end-date. We wanted to see the reception, see the feedback, and see how we can potentially shape the mode for the future,” said Activision. The publisher went further, saying that they are unhappy with the level of quality gameplay within the mode offers, and they are scrapping it.
Zombies mode that has been part of the franchise since the release of World at War. Starting on March 25th, the mode will be removed from Call of Duty: Mobile due to a change in the direction of the project. The company has announced that the move will happen as part of an ongoing improvement project that was revealed in a major community update.
This update also revealed that the popular Nacht Der Untoten, which has been a fixture in the Zombies mode in previous entries, will not be included in the mobile version at this time. The announcement also revealed that Jason Blundell, the director of the Zombies mode within the project, will be leaving Treyarch after having been with the company for more than 13 years. It’s unclear if the project will continue at all in his absence. Even though Activision has said that they are open to bringing the mode back at some point, it’s unclear how that’s going to happen.
Across the subreddit for the mobile game, and on social media, the move was met with harsh criticism. Not only have fans seen the change as a slight against the established lore of the franchise and its legacy, but also to fans themselves. Many players made purchases pertaining to the zombies mode in Call of Duty: Mobile that are now stuck in limbo. Treyarch has yet to say if these purchases will be refunded at all, or if the players will be compensated in some other way.
Call of Duty: Mobile has managed to garner 150 million downloads, so it hasn’t been unpopular.