Call of Duty’s New ‘Extra Crispy’ Weapon Lets You Cook, Eat, and Turn Enemies into Fried Chicken, and People Are Blaming Fortnite Again

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The impact of Fortnite’s all-encompassing battle royale metaverse on Call of Duty — and, for that matter, the competitive landscape of multiplayer video games — has been a topic of long-standing debate. In truth, Activision long ago abandoned the military simulation tone of Call of Duty, resulting in what players have now: an uncompromising fusion of pop culture and current warfare.

However, the latest weapon in Call of Duty has reignited that debate on forums and social media, because it’s probably the dumbest weapon to ever appear in the first-person shooter series.

Dataminers have discovered a trailer for an “Extra Crispy” weapon that lets users cook, eat, and turn enemies into fried chicken. Dataminer Call of Duty @realityuk_ was the first to bring it to the fans’ attention.

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This weapon, currently available exclusively in Call of Duty Warzone Mobile, features an intricate weapon inspection animation where the player places a raw chicken on the end of the weapon’s barrel, roasts it, and eats it.

Shooting enemies with a gun turns them into pieces of fried chicken.

It’s protected to say that some of the more die-hard Call of Duty fans, perhaps those who played the series before the Warzone battle royale that became a major focus in 2020, are ecstatic about this novel chicken gun. Activision, however, could argue that the chicken gun is being treated unfairly. “When are they going to stop adding crap to the game?” asked @Junxrrcarter.

Others, on the other hand, see no problem with this type of thing being an optional cosmetic element in Call of Duty, while pointing out that Zombies mode is as unrealistic as it gets in a shooter. Many of them joke about the whole thing.

It seems like Activision is more than willing to go a step further with Call of Duty Mobile’s weapon skins than it did with the main game on consoles and PC. Perhaps that has something to do with mobile players being less inclined to care about this type of thing, since they didn’t have that kind of history with the series prior to Call of Duty Mobile’s launch. Either way, the official X/Twitter account for Call of Duty Warzone Mobile responded favorably to the negative reaction, perhaps rightfully so.

Call of Duty makes Activision, now parent company Microsoft, billions of dollars in microtransactions, and much of that comes from extravagant post-launch bundles. In recent months, high-profile crossovers have seen everything from Warhammer 40,000 characters to Gundam mechs running around Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone. There’s even evidence of an upcoming Deadpool & Wolverine crossover. Really, anything is possible in the world of Call of Duty, and Activision won’t stop there.

It’s worth noting, though, that with Black Ops 6 launching later this year, Call of Duty cosmetics are getting something of a fresh start. That’s because all those packs you bought for Modern Warfare 2 and 3 won’t be transferring over to Black Ops 6, meaning we’ll at least get some semblance of realism back on launch day.

Enjoy it while it lasts!

Wesley is the UK News Editor for IGN. Find him on Twitter @wyp100. You can contact Wesley at wesley_yinpoole@ign.com or confidentially at wyp100@proton.me.

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