Why ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’ is bringing on a pro gamer as a playable character for the first time
On May 31, prominent Twitch streamer Nicholas “Nickmercs” Kolcheff will become the first pro-gamer playable character in “Call of Duty: Warzone,” the popular first-person shooter title published by Activision Blizzard.
The in-game character will be available for download on May 31, but fans of Kolcheff will get a preview during his Twitch stream today. In addition to sharing the streamer’s visage, the playable character will come in two variants — one explicitly showing Kolcheff’s face, the other decked out in ancient Greek Spartan armor — and comes with a custom celebration animation that plays after users score a kill.
Game developers at Activision have added new playable characters to “Call of Duty” in the past, including athletes Neymar Junior and Kevin Durant, as well as fictional characters such as John Rambo and Leatherface from “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” However, Kolcheff is the first professional gamer to join “CoD: Warzone” as a playable character, representing a considerable potential expansion of the personalities available inside the game.