Call of Duty may not be available on consoles in China, thanks to the Chinese government’s harsh censorship policies, but the world’s largest gaming brand still has a pretty notable presence there, thanks to Call of Duty Online, a free to play online shooter that is a spin off of the main Call of Duty series.
The game, which Activision distributes in conjunction with Tencent, a giant internet service provider and game publisher in China, is developed by Raven Software, and is now finally available to everyone in China, since it has now entered open beta.
“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 Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg.
“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.”
Let’s see if Call of Duty takes the Chinese market by storm like it did western markets.