Game Overview: Call of Duty
Developer: Treyarch, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer
Platform: Playstation, Xbox, PC
Genre: First-Person Shooter (FPS)
Release Date: Annual Fall Release
Call of Duty 101
- From 2019, Call of Duty titles feature full cross-platform compatibility (players on different platforms can party up together) as well as cross-save (transfer player save data across multiple platforms).
- Since re-inventing the FPS genre in 2007 with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the annual releases of subsequent CoD games have made this series the #1-selling FPS franchise of all time.
- A competitive Call of Duty game will feature two teams of 4 players facing each other to see who can complete the necessary objectives before their opponents.
- There are numerous game modes available in any Call of Duty game, yet only three are considered viable for competition:
- Hardpoint (Teams must capture and hold a rotating objective area to gain points and ends whenever the first team reaches 250 points)
- Control (Attack vs. Defend where attackers must capture two objectives before time runs out. Each team is limited to 20 respawns
- Control rounds end when 1) attackers capture both objectives 2) time runs out before both objectives are captured or 3) a team runs out of respawns and all players are eliminated
- Search & Destroy (Attack vs. Defend where attackers attempt to plant a bomb at one of the two available sites. There are no respawns in S&D)
- Search & Destroy rounds end when 1) attackers have successfully planted and destroyed one objective site 2) defenders have defused the bomb or 3) all players on a team are eliminated
- A full match in Call of Duty will involve each one of these modes being played at least once on a rotating list of game maps.
- Each player has access to customizable loadouts containing each of the following:
- Primary & Secondary Weapon w/ customizable attachments
- Lethal Item (Grenade, Semtex Grenade, etc.)
- Tactical Item (Smoke Grenade, Stun Grenade, etc.)
- 3 Perks that add some sort of inherent trait to your character/loadout
- Following Call of Duty League (CDL) rulesets, some weapons/attachments/perks/items are restricted to maintain competitive integrity.
- Teams will need to hold extensive knowledge of the maps (i.e.) choke points, rotations, spawns, sightlines, etc. and consistently communicate with their allies on the whereabouts of enemy positions/activity.