You can now play Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies on an Android phone. Hooray! But not just any Android device: only Sony’s Android-based Xperia S, Xperia Ion and Xperia Play smartphones. Boo.
If you have an iPad or iPhone, you’re probably mumbling “been there, done that,” since Activision published this game back in December 2011. It’s a port of the “Nazi Zombies” mode that first popped up in Call of Duty: World at War‘s multiplayer mode back in 2008, later revised in Call of Duty: Black Ops. In it, up to four players have to fend off unlimited waves of zombies (so kind of like the game version of reading the comments on a contentious story). The user consensus on Apple’s App Store has been resoundingly positive for the game: 4.5 stars out of five with nearly 63,000 players weighing in.
Sony’s deal makes the game exclusive to the Xperia phone lineup for 30 days, after which it’ll presumably go wide on Google Play for all Android devices. The Android version of the game sounds like a straight platform port, so you’ll get maps like Kino Der Toten and Ascension as well as Call of the Dead: Director’s Cut (all from Call of Duty: Black Ops), but also Dead-Ops Arcade, a 50-level gauntlet mode, and you can play solo or with friends through local Wi-Fi co-op. The game also supports micro-transaction purchases — real money in trade for in-game points — that let you buy better weapons or unlock new areas.
Of course the only news Call of Duty fans are probably paying attention to at this point is Black Ops 2, the sequel to 2010’s record-busting Black Ops. Black Ops 2 arrives for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 13.