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Call of Duty Online confirmed – vid shows MW2, CoD4 maps

Tuesday, 3rd July 2012 13:16 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Activision and Tencent have confirmed Call of Duty Online for Chinese release. The official site’s here.

The game was first confirmed as being in development in February 2011, when Activision publishing boss Eric Hirshberg mentioned the microtransaction-based title in a financial call.

Call of Duty Online is being made by Activision Shanghai and Raven Software.

It’s a “free-to-play microtransaction first-person action game,” according to Activision.

“Call of Duty Online will showcase the traditional features and play-modes of Call of Duty with localized, unique content tailored to the needs and interest of gamers in China.”

The game will allow players to “enhance their weapons, gear and perks built specifically for the Chinese market.

“The new game will also bring a variety of game modes and maps and features an original story told through a series of Special Operations missions based on the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare universe.”

The first video’s below. The footage shows only maps from Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty 4, according to resident expert G1GAHURTZ. No Modern Warfare 3 levels are seen.

“We are very excited about our relationship with Tencent and the opportunities for gaming in China,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “We think China is one of the most exciting places in the world for us to grow our business and to develop innovative new games.”

“Tencent is an ideal partner for Activision to bring Call of Duty Online to China. Tencent has a terrific track record of customer-focused innovation and deep market knowledge that will be invaluable to Activision as we build great games for China.

Martin Lau, president of Tencent, said: “We are thrilled to work with the world’s premiere game developer and publisher to bring this much-awaited title to Chinese game players.

“We believe Call of Duty Online will attract tens of millions of loyal fans in China, and our game platform and operational expertise to run massive multi-player online games can provide strong support to deliver the immersive and highly interactive game experience to game players in China.”

Tencent is also handling Warface, Crytek’s East-based shooter.

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  1. KAP

    And so….. it starts.

    Sigh.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. TheBlackHole

    Good.

    Finally they can separate the online part and focus on making a decent SP experience with a dedicated team.

    Sick of SP getting pushed aside for MP. Not everyone wants to spend hours and hours (virtually) killing people.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Colin Gallacher

    Yup, looks like Cod.

    Glad China finally has the ‘epic gaming experience’ though.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Patrick Garratt

    Why’s it in English?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. G1GAHURTZ

    What?

    CoD4 and MW2 maps together in the same game…

    I want it here!

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    @5 – Is there MW3 stuff in there as well, or just CoD4 and MW2?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. AHA-Lambda

    Why can’t we get something like this? I’d rather play CoD for free than pay £45 (£80 if you include DLC!) per year

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Patrick Garratt

    @7 – I suspect it’s just a matter of time.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. GoingPostal13

    You’re happy to pay-per-bullet?

    #9 2 years ago
  10. G1GAHURTZ

    @Pat:

    No MW3. Just CoD4 and some MW2.

    At least one of the MW2 maps appears to have been re-skinned, too.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    Is it launching in China to combat the rampant piracy, or are they more accepting of this type of gaming?

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    @10 – OK. Cheers.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. AHA-Lambda

    @11 – probably both, F2P has gotten HUGE in asia.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. DSB

    @11 Both. They want the chinese market because duh, there are lots of chinese people, but releasing anything but free to play wouldn’t be efficient.

    Look at the US, there are lots of people who can barely afford to spend 5 dollars on a F2P title. In China, that can be said for the vast majority.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. G1GAHURTZ

    ^ Not quite…

    http://techcrunch.com/2011/04/12/chinas-online-game-market-surges-set-to-top-8-billion-by-2014/

    Pretty much all of the big Western devs have been trying to tap into the Chinese online market for a good few years now, AFAIK.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. digmouse

    Most famous MW and MW2 maps are in, the graphics doesn’t get any visible upgrades though.
    But even a crappy and broken MP like CoD is still way better than most CS-copy F2P shooters on the Chinese market.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. G1GAHURTZ

    /re-reads story

    Woo hoo!

    I am expert!

    #17 2 years ago
  18. OrbitMonkey

    ^ I expect to see you on MasterMind ;-)

    #18 2 years ago
  19. G1GAHURTZ

    LOL!

    Sadly enough, CoD might actually be my best specialist subject…

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Patrick Garratt

    Added some detail there. It’s being made by Raven and Acti Shanghai.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. DSB

    @15 I probably should’ve been clearer on what I meant. I’m not saying the market isn’t hugely profitable, I’m just saying you wouldn’t get as far with a full priced game. People just don’t have the same kind of money.

    Blizzard actually had to cut their subscriptions down to three day passes. That’s saying something.

    I think the proportionality from that article says as much too. Tencent makes 1.4 billion. That’s really nothing compared to EA pulling something like 3-4. It’s not exactly the holy grail, even if it is a hugely attractive market.

    I’m pretty sure China is only going to get richer though.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Ireland Michael

    “It’s a “free-to-play microtransaction first-person action game,” according to Activision.”

    Lawl. If its anything like the free-to-play Battlefield games, it’ll be a fuckingg mess.

    China only? Huh.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. JRNO

    Who needs Call of Duty: Online when you have ‘Glorious Mission’?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebiiH5sUeSM&;

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Moonwalker1982

    WTF is this now…

    where did this come from all of a sudden? When will CoD ever stop, sigh.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Lewis247

    This literally is the multiplayer portion of mw2. Fucking look at it!!! Why are people asking for this!? Go out and buy mw2 for £/$ 5 and shut the hell up if your that desperate.

    The moment call of duty turns into a FTP game is the moment I will hold close my copy of COD2 and weep for what has been done

    #25 2 years ago
  26. Ireland Michael

    @25 It’s China only right now. I don’t even know I’d they have CoD2 available legally in the country.

    “Service” products are huge in China because of the huge amount of counterfiet good on the Chinese market. This is the best way for them to get around the problem.

    #26 2 years ago
  27. ingre

    WTF Activision again leave us, mw2 was a pretty shit without servers(no admin only Gl and akimbo…) and now they create a Call Of Duty which a lot of fans wanted and we won’t play it and finally we look like idiots!!

    #27 2 years ago