The official Twitter account for Call of Duty @CallofDuty and Call of Duty: Mobile @PlayCODMobile posted an announcement late yesterday. In recognition of ongoing protests that were sparked in the wake of the death of George Floyd, COD has delayed some Call of Duty releases.
The affected releases include Call of Duty : Modern Warfare Season 4, and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7. COD’s account noted, “We are moving the launches of Modern Warfare Season 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile Season 7 to later dates.”
Call of Duty joins others including Sony, who made a similar announcement regarding its postponed June 4th PS5 digital event. The COD developers indicated it was necessary to delay the release. COD said, “Right now it’s time for those speaking up for equality, justice and change to be seen and heard.”
Twitter users responses mixed
As with Sony’s PlayStation 5 announcement yesterday, a wide range of opinions could be found in response to the announcement. Users such as @alan_N21 argued “I don’t see how pushing back content for games helps racial problems in America,”
This sentiment is echoed by many Twitter users who are critical of the franchise effort to appear “woke.”
Many commented on the inconvenience this would cause them due to isolation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Other users lauded COD’s decision, criticizing their gaming brethren for their comments. Once such user, The Bread Crumb Entity @YT_TrinityGX posted:
The delay is part of the commentary being made by corporations to current (and past) events. Many Twitter respondents feel that the delay was an ultimately meaningless gesture, and serves no purpose in the #blacklivesmatter movement. What do you think?
What’s next for COD?
Like the PlayStation 5 event delay, there is no new release date, and no indication when COD may be giving one.
No doubt, the debate regarding these sorts of announcements will continue. Debate about COD’s and Sony’s delayed releases and events will rage, as the situation around the current events evolves. Will others be following suite? Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.