Call of Duty Online, a free-to-play version of the most popular shooter series of all time, has landed in China as the game’s beta opens to the public.
Lead by developers at Raven Software and published by Activision and Tencent, Call of Duty Online mixes elements from both the Modern Warfare and Black Ops universes in Hero Ops single-player campaign missions, Survival Mode cooperative experiences and, of course, Call of Duty online multiplayer. In addition, exclusive to the Chinese market is a PvE mode where players face off against hordes of Cyborg enemies, similar to Treyarch’s Zombies mode. The title is free-to-play, but players are able to rent or buy in-game items to customize their loadout.
“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.”
While we haven’t seen it on official channels yet, a trailer for Call of Duty Online featuring Chris Evans, better known as Captain America, was spotted about one week ago. Check it out!