Announced today, the game is published by Chinese gaming giant Tencent. Activision first mentioned the free-to-play, microtransaction-based game back in February 2011.
While consoles are banned in China, the microtransaction-based model on PC is widespread throughout Mainland China. The country’s gray market also makes consoles and console games readily available.
Late last month, Activision snatched up a slew of Call of Duty related web addresses—17 in total. The websites are probably protecting the Call of Duty online presence in China from internet bad guys.
Q. What is Call of Duty™ Online?
A. Call of Duty™ Online is a new free to play micro transaction game in development by Activision Publishing for release in China by Tencent. Activision is developing all of the content for the game. Tencent will be responsible for publishing, marketing, distribution and all operations related to running the game on their online platform.
Maps featured in the trailer, as pointed out by MP1st reader SteGuino, Storm (MW2), Wet Work (CoD4), Favela (MW2), Shipment (CoD4), Bloc (CoD4), Afghan (MW2) Underpass (MW2), and Kill House (CoD4).
Q. What kind of game is Call of Duty Online?
A. Call of Duty Online is a free to play micro transaction first person action game. 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.
Q. Who is developing Call of Duty Online?
A. The talented development team at Activision Shanghai is working closely with Raven Software to develop Call of Duty Online for release in China.
Q. When will Call of Duty Online be released?
A. A launch date for release in China has not been announced yet.
So what do you think about a Call of Duty free to play game? Would you play? Do you think it is a good idea?