Call of Duty Meets Gundam: Epic Crossover Announced for Season 4

Bandai Namco announced that Call of Duty will be getting a crossover with the legendary Mobile Suit Gundam mecha anime franchise. The crossover could feature new Gundam-themed skins, weapon blueprints, and accessories for current Call of Duty titles like Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone.

Mobile Suit Gundam is one of the most well-known anime brands globally. Originally created in 1979 by Yoshiyuki Tomino and animated by studio Sunrise in Japan, the series significantly influenced anime as a medium and helped redefine the mecha anime genre, which focuses on giant robots and other machinery. The series has spawned dozens of spin-offs, sequels, subseries, and other brands under the Gundam banner, including Gundam Wing, Gundam SEED, and G Gundam. Bandai Namco even published and later shut down Gundam Evolution, its own Gundam-themed multiplayer shooter.

Now, the legendary robots are headed to the current king of multiplayer shooters, Call of Duty. Bandai Namco announced the event with a brief video teaser posted on YouTube and its official social media accounts. With Season 4 of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone launching on May 29, 2024, more hints are emerging about what will be added to the game.

Call of Duty Gundam Crossover to Launch in Season 4

Bandai Namco's teaser for the Gundam crossover in Call of Duty was light on details, beyond confirming that the crossover will go live sometime in Season 4 of Call of Duty. The clip posted on social media accounts and the official Call of Duty YouTube channel only contained a brief look at what seems to be a Japan-themed map. The shadow of a massive Gundam mecha (the titular "mobile suit") projected onto a large pachinko parlor building, and while the specific model of Gundam being projected onto the building was not immediately clear, its outline revealed several telltale features. Across multiple Mobile Suit Gundam anime series, Gundam mobile suit designs have included features like a signature "V-fin" antenna projecting from the head, and wielded beam sabers housed on the backpack and jutting above the shoulder.

It remains to be seen what Bandai Namco and Microsoft have planned for the Call of Duty and Gundam crossover, but there's no denying that the franchise has been expanding its horizons, bringing in various brands and franchises into the world of Call of Duty. Recent crossovers have included Call of Duty cosmetic packs based on Warhammer 40K and the Dune live-action films, as well as pop culture personalities like Cheech and Chong and long-running in-jokes like a dinosaur operator.