The Call of Duty series initially introduced the original mobile application under the Call of Duty Elite bundle, which was sold along the same time Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was sold. Call of Duty Elite touted, initially, more clarity when it came to clan operations, customization of classes away from your console, the ability to track and view challenges and much more. Did it deliver? Eh… Not so much. Upon release, the software was buggy and it lacked a lot of content. However, it did come with a mobile app that was a nice touch, although also lacking a bit.
Fast forward a couple of years (That went fast!) and there is a new mobile app that can be downloaded that is merely titled “Call of Duty”. This app contains news updates, future downloadable content release dates and information, the ability to customize classes away from your console, clan wars, and much more. It all sounds pretty nice, right? Well, yeah, it is. However, it, too, is lacking. For a company that makes over a billion dollars annually for every release of a Call of Duty game (Not including DLC sales and other apparel and accessories), more could’ve been done.
First of all, they dropped Call of Duty Elite totally. Why? No idea. You have a platform right under your nose that has worked for the past two Call of Duty games and then you drop it? People, such as myself, even paid for it! Shame on us for being supportive consumers! They could’ve merely added to Call of Duty Elite or overhauled it.
The mobile app, while cool and has fundamental functions (Including my favorite – higher clan support), severely lacks in content. There is minimal stat tracking, no heat maps, no leaderboards, no emblem editor, and so on. I hate to compare the two since they’re both great gaming series and companies, but Bungie did it a billion times better with Halo when it came to their website that was free. Everything from medals, to heatmaps, up to date stats, kill:death ratios with each weapon, game histories and more were available. With Call of Duty, not so much.
What we game, as gamers, is in-depth stat tracking. Like I said before, Bungie gave us so much detail. Treyarch, who made a portion of the Call of Duty games, even did stat tracking much better with post game stats (Those of you who played Call of Duty: Black Ops remember this!) Such stats are fun to know, but they also help us become better at the games as a whole. Learning which weapons you’re best with, where the most heated places in maps are, what score streaks are most effective for you, and so on, are all vital pieces of information that allow us to grow and modify our playing habits to improve and advance our in-game tactics.
Overall, the mobile app does some serve purposes, but it has the potential to be a great tool for gamers of every skill level. While I would hope more is added in the future, and I know many others gamers feel the same way, I highly doubt that we will get anything more. The developers of Call of Duty games tend to release and rollover, as in most issues are left untouched unless they are severely broken (For example, the Care Package and Javelin glitches in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2) or it nets them money. And even if the issues are game breaking, it seems that the downloadable content that makes them money comes out much quicker, which leaves a sour taste in the mouths of consumers.