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.