Call of Duty Online free-to-play game coming to China

The Call of Duty first person shooter game franchise is heading to China in an all new version made for the country's free-to-play market. Activision announced today it has signed an agreement with Tencent to bring Call of Duty Online to China.

In its press release today, Activision said this free-to-play game has been under development for the last two years. It added:

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.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the game is being developed by a Chinese-based team and that Activision CEO Bobby Kotick claims that the company is spending as much money to make Call of Duty Online as it does to make one of its Call of Duty console and PC games for the Western market.

While the press release didn't say when the game would launch, The Wall Street Journal report claims that public testing will start later in 2012.

Source: Activision | Image via Activision

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