Activision has launched a companion app for its popular Call of Duty game series that doesn't cater to one specific title but is instead geared to help out longtime series fans playing the latest two entries - Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Call of Duty: WWII. You can use the app to track in-game objectives, keep loadouts close at hand, check in with friends, and more. The multifaceted new app has one major unique feature that makes it a goldmine for competitive CoD players; it not only tracks your performance in all supported games in the long-running franchise, it can show you how to improve. Even the most casual Call of Duty player, if they've ventured into the games' legendary online modes, care at least a little bit about their stats such as kill to death ratio, total wins, and such, and this app shows you how to bring those up in ways that are tailored to your play style as observed by the games. The service is just over 70MB in size and has already made its way to over 100,000 Android devices across the world, according to its Google Play Store listing.
Arguably the biggest thing about this app is the performance tracker. You can check out a debriefing for each week, with performance breakdowns from game to game if you play multiple series entries online. Different game modes are also covered. You can use the app as a personalized training guide to help you reach your goals in the games. It also packs maps, tips, and other valuable information that consummate players can use to their advantage. Along with self-improvement, you can use the app to check in and see what your friends are up to, and check out their stats. The app also doles out the latest series news, from competitions to new releases. This consummate tool should keep just about any Call of Duty fan completely on top of the series in every imaginable way.
Background: Activision has a spotty track record with mobile apps and has made some questionable moves on the Android front in the past, most notably by pulling titles such as Call of Duty: Heroes after they've peaked in terms of commercial performance. While recent rumors suggested the company may be working on another Call of Duty mobile game, no news on that front emerged since last spring.
Impact: The new app promises to be an all-in-one portal for everything Call of Duty and has the potential to serve as a reliable training tool for many years to come. The only question that remains is how committed Activision ends up being to keeping it updated on a regular basis and whether it will attempt to monetize the mobile service in any shape or form. While the latter scenario isn't likely, the chances of Activision planning its new companion app as a long-term project seem pretty decent given how last year's Call of Duty: WWII is also part of the supported list. However, the gaming community's initial reaction to the app hasn't been stellar, with the service currently sitting at an average rating of 2.4 stars based on nearly 3,000 Google Play Store reviews. Many users are complaining about its functionalities but their overall reliability, with crashes and stuttering being cited as some of the most common issues.