Amid all the handwringing over Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the background story is that Call of Duty has become a bit of a basket case. The series is still infinitely popular, of course – although it is shedding numbers – but in chasing Fortnite’s crown it’s started doing strange crossovers with celebrities that don’t really make sense in a super-serious military setting. The latest example? Kevin Durant.
For those of you who don’t follow the NBA, Durant currently plays for the Phoenix Suns and is considered one of the better power forwards on the planet, specifically for his two back-to-back MVP performances for the Golden State Warriors in 2017 and 2018.
Durant will be available in both Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 from 10th May, alongside the series’ Season 3 Reloaded update. In addition to the skin, you’ll also get a couple of weapon blueprints – the ‘Reap This’ AR and ‘Easy Money’ sniper – as well as a finishing move, charm, loading screen, sticker, and animated emblem.
Personally, we just find this whole initiative from Call of Duty strange. Fortnite’s cartoon aesthetic means it can get away with including pretty much any character, but we’re not convinced Activision’s ultra-realistic art style can make it work. One other thing to note is that in real life Durant is over two metres tall, so heaven knows what this means for game balance because we assume he’s going to have a huge hit box.
For the warriors not the lakers.
Hey now, I remember quite a few people here getting very excited when they added a bunch of soccer ***** into COD a while back. Don't be acting all surprised suddenly😅😁
@Ichiban Nah, that was dumb too! Arguably even more so!
@IamJT Thanks, I dunno why I put the Lakers lol!
Durant hasn’t played for the Lakers. He got his FINALS back to back MVPs at Golden State Warriors. The Finals MVP is specific to the championship series that determines the NBA champion. The NBA MVP for 2017 was James Harden and 2018 was Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Great news, Activision is bringing Call of Duty to a whole new level. This is what gaming is all about.
Remember when Call Of Duty used to be a serious hard-bitten game about the perils and the catastrophe of war? Pepperidge Farm remembers.
When are we getting someone current and relevant to Call of Duty like Engelbert Humperdinck?
@get2sammyb I've always found it funny how every COD starts off fairly grounded at release, but by the end of it's cycle you've got miltary soldiers battling Bruce Willis, Robocop & The Wiggles
The NBA and COD sure like their cross promotion. Wasn't MW2 originally revealed on some NBA star's hat or something?
As for Durant well...at least he kind of looks like he belongs in COD as opposed to some guy I faced off against in Gunfight the other night that looked like he had a tank top and short shorts on. Compared to that this looks just fine!
I miss playing as nameless soldiers in multiplayer.
That sort of implied that when you respawned you were actually a new reinforcement.
I hate all of the stupid skins. The ones of actual COD Operators are ok. But I wish they would go back to nameless soldiers.
Activision was probably like "Our fans like Call of Duty, and they like the NBA so let's put an NBA player into Call of Duty so more people will play it"
Or something like that, I don't know lmao
Basketball is as crap as CoD. Good match.
Who? Can we also have Harry Maguire and Lewis Hamilton.
Wow you get a loading screen AND a sticker? Count me in
There you go, It is called Money.
The day Messi shows up as a foreign revolutionary with a plot for Basque independence I'll jump in.
Even the military Propaganda in COD campaign was boring 🤦♂️
Wonder if his real life height reflects his CoD avatar. Imagine this 6 foot 10 character trying to duck behind a car.
Who? Never heard of the fellow.
So stupid lol
Still holding out and saving my COD points for the Susan Boyle crossover. 🤞
Kevin Durant won't be happy in COD because he's not happy anywhere he goes.
@CurryPowderKeg79 he’s gonna take the hardest road and ask for a trade to Fortnite
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