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Call of Duty board game, incredibly not a thing yet, coming from Arcane Wonders

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Activision, in association with tabletop producer Arcane Wonders, has announced a forthcoming board game based on the former’s billion-dollar military shooter series, Call of Duty. The tabletop adaptation of the long-running and hugely successful series is expected to begin crowdfunding this summer.

While slight on details, Call of Duty: The Board Game will be set within the Modern Warfare universe, and will feature all your favorite bullet-tossers including Soap, Ghost, and, of course, Cpt. Price in real-time strategic action. As is the style of the time, a Kickstarter will be launched in the coming months for interested parties to plonk down their pre-orders, likely offering up several stretch goals and/or expansion packs. Arcane has already hinted at popular Zombies side-mode making an appearance.

“[Players] simultaneously plan out moves secretly and then resolve those at the same time out on the map,” said designer Bryan Pope, describing gameplay in comments to Polygon. “Line of sight is easily determined by colored lines on the map, and when you do have eyes on your opponent, combat happens. It’s all about outsmarting and outmaneuvering your opponent to get in the best possible position to win in a fight.”

Perhaps the most interesting element here is the realization that Call of Duty, decades down the line and billions of dollars in the bank, is yet to receive a board game adaptation. Transitioning a multiplayer-heavy first-person-shooter to the meticulous, turn-taking world of tabletops has always been a challenge, but it seems that the team at Arcane Wonders is confident that they have found a way to recreate the breathless and bombastic action of the video game to a board game environment. It will be interesting to follow the title’s progress and see quite how the expansive universe of CoD makes the physical leap.

Call of Duty: The Board Game will launch its Kickstarter campaign this summer. We’ll be sure to give you a heads-up right here on Destructoid.

Call of Duty: The Board Game kicks off a series meant for competitive and co-op play [Polygon]


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