Formed by a 'strategic alliance' with Activision, China will be the first region targeted for the deployment of this massively popular Western IP, with Korea being rumored as the next region depending on launch success.
"We are very excited about our relationship with Tencent and the opportunities for gaming in China." 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." Bobby Kotick, CEO Activision Blizzard
Call of Duty online has been in development for over two years, and will be completely free to play with the usual in-game monetization platform. The agreement between Activision and Tencent is multi-year, and interesting enough also includes (if rumor is to be believed) the Chinese rights for the upcoming Project Titan.
"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." Martin Lau, President of Tencent
Only one question remains: When will the Western Market see their version?
Douglas Stewart is a staff writer at iQU. When he is not writing, he devours books, plays an excessive amount of games, and is working on his upcoming fiction novel that (naturally) involves intersections between technology, gaming and society. Follow Douglas @TheGearCog