The China-exclusive Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Online, is currently testing out its own version of a battle royale mode. If it proves successful, it could be a sign that Activision is considering adding a similar mode to the mainline Call of Duty series, too.
China has one of the biggest audiences for last-man-standing battle royale modes in games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite: Battle Royale, and H1Z1. This makes its market ideal for testing out a battle royale mode with Call of Duty Online.
While more popular battle royale modes generally operate with a 100-player count, Call of Duty’s small map design only allows for 18 players in a map at a time. Like other versions of the mode, players start by being dropped into the map with extremely limited means of defending themselves. Armed with only their fists at the outset, players must collect weapons around the map and fight to be the last one standing.
Call of Duty: Online‘s battle royale mode is currently in a limited-access beta, and one participant has uploaded gameplay, which can be found below. The mode’s full release date has yet to be announced. It’s so far unclear if Activision plans to bring the experience to installments outside of China, but if Online‘s version turns out to be a wild success, it’s a safe bet that some version of the idea will end up coming over here as well.
The staggering popularity of PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale has inspired many other developers to follow suit with their own battle royale modes. This has manifested both in old games adding it to their selection and new games being built from the ground up around the mode.
Source: Segment Next