Call of Duty – familiar presence in PC and console gaming
With annual main series releases every fall, Call of Duty has become a mainstay in the PC and console gaming segment, regularly topping the charts until the next release is published. The main series originally focused on the World War II setting and later branched out with the Modern Warfare series and the Black Ops story arc, which have become the three narrative pillars of the Call of Duty universe. When looking at the most popular gaming genres Call of Duty’s popularity comes as no surprise: a global survey of gamers in the fourth quarter of 2020 found that shooter games were ranked as the second-most popular gaming genre, ranking only behind action adventure games.
Mostly known as a premium franchise, the series’ cross-platform free-to-play (F2P) release Call of Duty: Warzone in March 2020 was also an immediate hit, generating more than 50 million downloads in the first month of release and currently claiming more than 100 million players. Warzone features three primary game modes: plunder, resurgence, and again, battle royale with up to 150 players in a single match.
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