Controversy Erupts Over Call of Duty's New 'Extra Crispy' Gun

A recent addition to Call of Duty, inspired by fried chicken, has sparked heated debates among players. Some argue that the series is veering into silliness, possibly influenced by the success of Fortnite. Traditionally, Call of Duty focused on realistic weapons and settings, though recent entries introduced zombies and futuristic tech. Lately, the franchise has embraced crossovers with fantastical properties like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Boys, granting players superpowers through Temp-V Field Upgrades.

Leaks suggest these crossovers will continue in titles like Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, including tie-ins with upcoming films like Deadpool & Wolverine, featuring special finishing moves akin to Wade Wilson’s attacks. However, even Deadpool might raise an eyebrow at the latest addition: a rifle in Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile that transforms enemies into pieces of fried chicken.

Dubbed the 'Extra Crispy' gun, it was first revealed by Call of Duty dataminer realityuk, who leaked a trailer showing a soldier in a chicken costume turning enemies into poultry. The chicken-themed antics extend further, with leaked animations showing players frying chickens on the gun barrel during inspections. Currently, the Extra Crispy weapon is a cosmetic option exclusive to Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile, but traditional fans of the series are expressing concern over this whimsical item, something the official Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile Twitter account has acknowledged.

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'Extra Crispy' Gun Stirs Debate in Call of Duty Community

Since the leak of the Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile Extra Crispy weapon, gamers have taken to social media to discuss whether the franchise is embracing too much pop culture and straying from its roots. Some Twitter users, like Kelski, criticize the influence of games like Fortnite, suggesting they're driving Call of Duty towards a similar aesthetic. Others simply want Activision to refrain from adding what they consider 'nonsense' to a once-grounded shooter.

Supporters argue that Call of Duty has a history of incorporating outlandish elements, citing popular features like Zombies mode and crossovers with sci-fi properties such as Gundam and Warhammer 40,000. Some have even joked about eating their defeated squadmates during intense battles. While the fried chicken weapon is likely intended as humor, not everyone finds it amusing.