Call of Duty Online, a free-to-play PC game published by Tencent available exclusively in China, will receive an 18-player PvP battle royale game mode in December.
Similar to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale, Call of Duty Online’s survival mode comes complete with battle royale staples. It has one-life spawns, a day and night cycle, weapon scavenging, consumable items, airdropped supplies, and a slowly shrinking play area. At present, this Raven Software-developed game is undergoing beta testing.
While Call of Duty Online is exclusively available in China, it comes with an English-speaking announcer who enthusiastically comments about everything that happens in the battlegrounds. Because of this, many speculate that this is a precursor for a battle royale game mode in a main Call of Duty entry. With the incredible success of battle royale-centric games such as Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, it isn’t far-fetched for Activision to consider releasing a Call of Duty game with a battle royale game mode in the West. Perhaps we might see a battle royale mode in Treyarch’s Call of Duty in 2018? We’ll have to wait and see.
Beta gameplay footage of Call of Duty Online’s battle royale mode can be seen in Zhenya COD’s video (hat tip to Daniel Ahmad). The match starts in the 1 minute mark where you’ll see someone kill an AFK player with his bare hands.