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Activision and Tencent have officially announced the China COD Game. It is ‘Call of Duty Online’. The debut trailer [above] shows very familiar maps from MW2, MW1, and some new ones for the game. The official website is here.

“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.”

Activision has posted an FAQ:

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.

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.

This game is free-to-play, and available only in China.

Screengrabs from CVG:

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SOURCE: Activision

Activision’s Full Press Release After the Break

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and SHANGHAI, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Activision Blizzard, Inc., the largest third-party interactive entertainment software publisher (Nasdaq: ATVI), and Tencent Holdings Limited, a leading Internet services provider in China (SEHK: 00700), today announced a strategic relationship to bring Call of Duty Online to Chinese game players.

Call of Duty Online has been in development by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, for approximately two years. Under the multi-year agreement with Activision Publishing, Tencent has the exclusive license to operate Call of Duty Online in mainland China. The game is free-to-play and monetized through the sales of in-game items.

“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.”

Kotick continued, “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. We have worked closely with Tencent to create a game with broad appeal for the Chinese market. We look forward to laying the foundation for a long-standing relationship with Tencent and to launching a new and unique experience for fans.”

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.”

The new game Call of Duty Online for China will capitalize on the rich multiplayer experience that the Call of Duty franchise is known for and introduce a new gaming model designed specifically for the Chinese market. This new model will allow players the ability to personalize their weapons, characters and equipment like never before in a Call of Duty game. Using an in-game store, players can 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.

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  • Damn you China!! >:(

  • moriarty_1975

    In a perfect world this would be ported on to consoles and released worldwide. Due to CoD4 & MW2 being hacked, a “new” game with all/most of the maps from both of those games would be great. But it’ll never happen (which is strange as we all know how Activision loves making money!)

    • Nacho_TheKiller

      Actually, if this did get ported to consoles (and if it even is a PC exclusive), the PC version would suck because its Activision. So i pray this gets released worldwide, but stays on PC.

  • Bradleytank2

    Not sure if anyone noticed but the soldier threw a semtex in Shipment. I’m assuming that mw2 equipment will be available on cod 4 maps.

    • Nacho_TheKiller

      This is obviously a “new” game with maps from cod 4 and mw2, so it wouldnt make any sense to have some equipment only available on half of the maps.

  • Koensneeuwt

    why is it china only??? this game looks soo epic !!! I want to play it .

  • theTF141clan

    Why does china get cool s***?! AND FOR FREE?!?!?

    Glad to know my COD $$ are helping some Chinese dude play this game. :'(
    Think I may have to learn Mandarin. 😉

    • Nacho_TheKiller

      You obviously dont know anything about every single F2P game that is being released nowadays, like Tribes Ascend, TF2, Blacklight Retribution, Spiral Knights, Realm of the mad god, and i can continue. The other option is you dont know anything about them because you play on console and all these awesome free titles are PC only.

  • Korflock

    Bad Idea Activision. Even more people are going to complaining about the ‘rag compensation’.

  • Killercracken

    You can just torrent it you know… Or maybe if its available to download on ps3 make a Chinese account. That’s what I’ll be doing

  • CharlieINTEL_Fan

    Its in China because apparently COD has never been in China on a high note. Activison just bought a shit load of urls china and CoD related in a past post here on CI. So lets see if it will make it around the world. (Looks like that are doing it free to compete with Battlefield P4F)

  • Ravi Star

    Forget BOps2, I want this!

  • Commanderdd45

    yo it will probably be on ps3 so dont freak out some how us americans and british peeps will get

    • Nacho_TheKiller

      My guess is its going to be a PC exclusive.

  • a mad bro

    so they charge us but not china? gd activision -_- im mad bro

    • Stephanie Harty

      With the microtransaction business model, they actually make loads more money in Asian countries

    • Boris Guyon-Pelfrene

      One word: Maplestory.

  • RdJokr

    Did any of you even read? The game is free to play, but the items to buy in game are not. You still have to spend a shit load of money just to get cool guns.

  • Googleit Rellydoit

    WHAT A PIECE OF SHIT, NOW CHINA DOESNT JUST PRODUCE GAMES NOW HEY BUY THEM TOO/

    I SWER IF CHINA BUYS ACTIVISION I INT BUYING ANY MORE ACTIVISION GAMES

  • sweet good news for the cod world and good news for those that live in asain places that do not allow consoles such as china.