Sure, why not, Kevin Durant's coming to Call of Duty

Kevin Durant in Warzone 2
(Image credit: Activision Blizzard)

We've just gotten the full rundown of what's coming to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 as part of Season 3 Reloaded, and I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the internal screaming I've been doing since I learned that Kevin Durant is about to become a playable Call of Duty character.

Yes, NBA superstar Kevin Durant is going to be the next licensed Call of Duty operator. He'll be available as part of a Store Bundle with the launch of Season 3 Reloaded on May 10, which will also include a pair of appropriately named weapon blueprints: the "Reap This" AR and the "Easy Money" sniper. As the Call of Duty blog explains, you're also getting the "Deadly from Downtown" finishing move, the "B-Ball" weapon charm, the "Ankle-Breaker" loading screen, the "Hoops" sticker, and the "KD Baller" animated emblem.

Modern Call of Duty has already had plenty of bizarre licensed crossovers, ranging from Rambo and John McClane to Snoop Dogg and the Armored Titan. I don't know why KD's appearance reads so much weirder than the rest of that company, but there's just something about controlling a pro athlete in a hyper-gritty military shooter that seems wrong. Like, yes, they put LeBron James in Fortnite, but at least that game's cartoony enough that it all reads like another Space Jam sequel.

Ever since the teaser for KD's appearance yesterday, the fan response has been mostly one of confusion.

Personally, I'm with the people asking what KD's height means for game balance. A nearly 7-foot-tall NBA player has got to have a massive hitbox, right?

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Dustin Bailey
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Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He's been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.