Attack on Titan and Call of Duty continue their crossover with the new “Tracer Pack: Attack on Titan—Armored Titan Mastercraft Bundle.”
As revealed on the official Call of Duty website, the new paid content pack includes 10 new items, the most notable of which is an Operator Skin that allows to Roland Zeiment to abandon their humanity and transform into the intimidating Armored Titan from Hajime Isayama’s popular anime and manga series. The pack also comes with blueprints from the “Armored Strength” weapon, which is an assault rifle that takes on the fleshy and sinewy appearance of a Titan, as well as the “Colossus” sniper rifle and the “Anti-Personnel” pistol, which is inspired by the appearance of Kenny “The Ripper” Ackerman’s trademark weapon. A short video of the Armored Titan in action was also posted to the official CoD Twitter.
The new pack is the second release to come from Call of Duty‘s Attack on Titan collaboration, which debuted with a pack themed around the Survey Corps’ beloved titan killer, Levi Ackerman. While the appearance of the Levi Operator Skin was roasted by some fans who thought it looked like a bad cosplay, the release was apparently successful enough to warrant further AoT additions to CoD. As with the original item pack, the new Armored Titan bundle is available for both Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty Warzone.
The new crossover is being done to promote the second half of the final season of the popular anime series, which is currently airing. Despite a divisive reaction to the original manga’s conclusion, the anime was still popular enough to cause anime streaming service Crunchyroll to briefly go offline on Jan. 9, as a flood of fans all overwhelmed the company’s servers in a rush to watch the premiere episode as soon as it was available. In addition to Crunchyroll, Funimation and Hulu are also hosting a simulcast of the series, which streams new episodes of the show shortly after they are broadcast in Japan.
Microsoft recently announced plans to acquire Activision, the publisher of Call of Duty. The deal was announced after Activision faced months of intense criticism and scrutiny over a culture of alleged sexual harassment and worker abuse within several of the studios it manages. The scandals surrounding the video game company have resulted in multiple employee walk-outs, an on-going strike and numerous calls for CEO Bobby Kotick to resign. Microsoft’s purchase of the video game company, which also publishes numerous other popular video game franchises, including Warcraft, Crash Bandicoot and the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series, is still pending approval and will reportedly take 18 months to complete. Microsoft has stated that it plans to continue releasing new Call of Duty titles on Sony’s competing PlayStation platforms for the foreseeable future.
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Source: Call of Duty Official Website