Activision has pushed back the launch of Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7. The game upgrade was originally scheduled to launch for iPhone and iPad this week on June 4.
Call of Duty launched worldwide on mobile last October. It has proven immensely popular, racking up 100 million downloads in its first week on the market alone. This made it the best launch in mobile gaming history. The new season is set to include a variety of new maps, weapons, and other improvements.
However, due to the present political environment, triggered by the killing of unarmed Black man George Floyd by police, Activision says that this “not the time” to release Season 7.
In a Twitter message, Activision notes that:
“While we all look forward to playing the new seasons of Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Call of Duty: Mobile, now is not the time.
We are moving the launches of Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 to later dates.
Right now, it’s time for those speaking up for equality, justice and change to be seen and heard.
We stand alongside you.”
Call of Duty: Mobile makers don’t think this is the right time
Activision is not the only gaming company to express similar sentiments. Sony made similar comments, tweeting that: “We do not feel that right now is a time for celebration, and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.”
Apple has also joined up with a number of companies in the music industry to support Black communities at this time. Apple has temporarily canceled its Beats 1 radio station, along with changing the “For You” tab on Apple Music. Both currently redirect to a “For Us, By Us” stream playing music by Black artists. A voiceover informs listeneres that this is designed to “stand in solidarity with Black communities everywhere.”
Activision has not revealed when Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 will make its debut.