Controller support coming to Call of Duty: Mobile ‘soon’


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Activision has confirmed that it will bring controller support to Call of Duty: Mobile “soon.”

The game’s publisher says it is finalizing the plans ahead of a future update. It sounds like it will implement special matchmaking measures for those who choose to use physical buttons and sticks.

Some mobile games really need physical controls to be the best they can be. Call of Duty: Mobile is one of them. Fast-paced first-person shooters just aren’t as good with only virtual buttons.

The good news is Activision has confirmed physical controller support is coming — and soon!

Call of Duty: Mobile will support physical controllers

“We are planning to release controller support soon and are just finalizing the specifics of how it will be working in the game, specifically with matchmaking,” reads an update on Reddit.

The wording indicates Activision has plans to integrate dedicated controller lobbies. This will prevent touch players from having to compete with controller users on an unfair playing field.

Other online mobile games, like Fortnite, have also split touch and controller players to prevent one from having a huge advantage over the other. It’s the only way to ensure an enjoyable experience for all.

But this approach does have its downsides. If there aren’t enough Call of Duty: Mobile players using physical controllers worldwide, it may be more difficult to find matches — especially at quiet times.

We will have to wait and see how things play out when Activision rolls out the changes. There is no hard release date just yet, unfortunately, but we shouldn’t be waiting too long.

Endowment items available now

One thing you don’t have to wait for is new Call of Duty Endowment items. They’re available to purchase in-game now through November 18, and every sale supports veterans in the U.S. and U.K.

Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization that helps unemployed veterans find high-quality careers. It has already helped place more than 63,000 people in jobs since 2009.

If you want to do more to contribute, you can also check out the Call of Duty Endowment pack inside Modern Warfare on consoles and PC.

Call of Duty: Mobile is free-to-play on iPhone and iPad, and you can download it now.


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