And there’s a surprising amount to it.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare now has the Tomogunchi watch developer Infinity Ward teased before the game came out in 2019.
The 1000 COD Points (around £8) cosmetic, which is included in a bundle, features a retro style and, on its face, a critter that’s struggling to crack open from its initial egg form.
There’s a lot more to the Tomogunchi than the other watches in the game – so much so that it’s basically its own mini-game you play while fighting in multiplayer.
Eventually, your egg explodes and a baby Tomogunchi appears. Then it’s a case of keeping it alive long enough for it to grow into a child, a teen and finally into an adult.
Players are trying to figure out how all this works now after Tomogunchi went live last night. And Infinity Ward is keeping its cards close to its chest. “Are there multiple pet forms and options to discover?” the studio said in a blog post. “We aren’t saying.”
To check your watch in a game you press the d-pad up or press the up arrow key and use the watch interact gesture. I found this difficult to do while playing the smaller maps in the game as standing still usually results in death. But there are plenty of opportunities for checking your Tomogunchi on the larger maps where… camping is the aim of the game.
To the right of your Tomogunchi are four little faces, each representing your pet’s motional states: hungry, dirty, unruly and sleepy. If it doesn’t have an emotional state active then it’s happy. But if your pet isn’t smiling or appears sad, then you need to sort them out.
To do this you need to “feed” the Tomogunchi by figuring out which emotional state you need to change. Kills, objective scoring, killstreaks and wins all provide sustenance. Failure will eventually result in your Tomogunchi dying. Oh no!
You can even look under your Tomogunchi to see the bonus charge, which is the horizontal meter your pet sits on. Every pet has a different way to fill the bonus charge meter, ranging from captures to killstreaks, plants to top three wins. The idea is you figure out which one your pet prefers to keep it satisfied and evolving quickly. You can use the watch interact gesture to bank bonus charges, too.
All in all, there’s a surprising amount to the Tomogunchi. At first I thought £8 for the thing was too pricey, but given the watch interactions and all the other stuff it’s got going on, it’s probably just about worth it. Like all the gubbins available to buy on the Modern Warfare store, the Tomogunchi is a cosmetic and does give you an advantage. It’ll probably change the way you play the game though – once you figure out what to do with the thing.