Activision and Tencent, a leading Internet services provider in China, have launched Call of Duty Online in China. The public open beta is available to anyone in the country, and offers Chinese gamers a taste of what gamers in the West have been enjoying for over a decade.
“Millions of gamers in the West have come to appreciate that white-knuckled, epic thrill-ride that only Call of Duty delivers. And now an entire new audience of gamers will experience this for the first time. We believe Call of Duty Online is going to be a game-changer for Chinese gamers,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “We’ve worked closely with our partner at Tencent, and we’ve challenged one of our most trusted and talented development teams of Raven Software to create a true Call of Duty experience tailored for the Chinese market. Throughout testing, the community feedback has been tremendous. We couldn’t be more excited and we look forward to winning the hearts and minds of a new community in China.”
Call of Duty Online was developed by Raven Software, a frequent collaborator on Call of Duty games. The game is heavily inspired by Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare games and Treyarch’s Black Ops game. Designed as a Free-to-Play game, players can purchase or rent in-game items as they play the Hero Ops single-player campaign, Co-Op Survival Mode, competitive multiplayer, and the newly created, China exclusive Cyborgs mode.
Unfrotunately for Western audiences, Call of Duty Online is exclusive to China. Luckily for us, we can play the most recent games in the franchise (Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare), something that players in China cannot do due to censorship.