When Call of Duty: Mobile said that they were bringing some big changes in Season 9, they weren’t messing around. We’ve all become accustomed to minor tweaks here and there, but they blew everything out of the water by completely re-designing the way we play the game.
Battle Royale was no exception as we got a ton of new changes to the genre that turned it into an almost fully-functioning mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone, one of the most popular battle royale games on PC and Console with one of the biggest live audiences on Twitch.
There are many unique gameplay elements from Warzone, like the Armor Plate system and the custom loadouts, that have been brought over for us to enjoy and it has truly taken the mobile gaming experience to the next level for me and many other players as well. And the new season has only just begun.
So, with further ado, let’s take a look at the 5 big changes in Call of Duty: Mobile’s Battle Royale.
#1 – Changes To The Map
At the beginning of Season 7, the Battle Royale map was extended and made a lot bigger with several new areas added on. It added a lot of new terrain and surprises to unlock and I couldn’t wait to start exploring all the brand new locations that were revealed to be coming in Season 9.
This season brought 4 new areas to the map, Radar Base, Dormitory, Outpost, and Camp, and I like the fact that these new areas look like they were created to fill up the open space and not extend the map even further. I mean, it was already pretty big already and they’d probably need to add more than 100 players to the map to keep it interesting.
And, if you’re worried about finding these places while you’re parachuting then you’re in luck. Just like the console counterpart, the names of all the different areas can be seen while you’re falling with normal zones in white and high tier zones in orange. The landing has never been easier.
#2 – Ground Loot
Ground loot in Call of Duty: Mobile’s Battle Royale used to be very reminiscent of PUBG Mobile. Weapons and attachments would be scattered around and it’s up to the player to find the gun that they prefer to use as well as find high-level attachments that can be added and swapped as you please.
When Call of Duty: Warzone first dropped onto the scene, the took things in a completely different direction. All guns found on the ground came with pre-equipped attachments that could not be removed or swapped out and the quality of these attachments would be determined by the weapons Tier.
Things work exactly the same way now in Battle Royale with ground loot weapons ranked as either Uncommon (Green), Rare (Blue), Epic (Purple), or Legendary (Orange). You will still have to pick up all of your ammo but there are also armor plates, Gun Mods, and all the usual medical supplies for you to loot and find along the way.
#3 – Airdrops
Without a doubt, Airdrops have always been a valuable objective to go after and some of my most memorable fights in Battle Royale all happened when trying to contest the Airdrop with another team. Those fights are going to get a lot more intense now that there’s one more special item added in the drop.
Now when you get to the airdrop there will be all the usual items like high-level vests, syringes of adrenaline, and Legendary weapons like the War Machine and the Annihilator, but there will be one more option that allows you to choose one of your custom guns from the Gunsmith and use it in Battle Royale.
If you’re playing as a squad, each person will be able to retrieve a weapon from the Airdrop but only one, so make sure you pick the right gun the first time coz you probably won’t get another chance until you find another Airdrop. When compared to the ground loot, it’s the better choice for offense.
#4 – New Strategies
After my first match in Battle Royale, it was obvious that playing the game the same way I did before was not going to work. Before Season 9, I focused a lot more on loot and knew exactly which gun I would look for and which attachments to find for that gun to make it effective. The Airdrop was often a low priority and I’ve won many games without getting the Airdrop.
But now, the absolute biggest priority in Battle Royale is getting to the airdrop first and getting my hands on my custom AK117 that I spent hours crafting and fine-tuning in the Gunsmith because I can no longer rely on ground loot and finding attachments to get the best loadout.
What better way to get ahead of the competition than using a gun that you’re familiar with and know how to use effectively? Now, most of my games revolve around finding a vest (preferably Level 2), grabbing as many meds and armor plates as I can then find a weapon to go fight whoever I see trying to take my Airdrop.
Take the time to level up your weapon and max out all the stats you need because having a Level 50 Assault rifle that was hand-picked by you is a lot better than trying to use a random Cordite that you found on the ground.
The Game Has Truly Changed
As an avid viewer of Call of Duty: Warzone on Twitch, I could not contain my excitement when I found out about all the changes coming to Battle royale and they certainly did not disappoint. Seeing some of Warzone’s signature concepts carried over onto mobile makes me wonder just how innovative this game might become in the future.
No other mobile game has delivered such an incredible experience in the first-person shooter genre and I wouldn’t be surprised if Call of Duty: Mobile reigns for years to come (or at least until Apex Legends: Mobile comes out).
Have you played the new and improved Battle Royale Mode? What are your thoughts on the new things added to the game? Let me know in the comments section below.