China's Call of Duty Online Is Getting A Battle Royale Mode

Call of Duty officially enters the battle royale ring.

User have reported that Call of Duty Online, the China-exclusive free-to-play shooter which is jointly published by Activision and Chinese conglomerate Tencent, is getting a battle royale mode in the vein of popular games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite Battle Royale.

As you can see in the below video, Call of Duty Online’s battle royale mode is structured like a deadly game show, complete with an announcer and the distant sound of a crowd’s applause. In terms of gameplay, the mode tosses up to 18 players at once into a large map and has them fight to the death, with the match ending only when there’s one player left standing. Given Tencent’s massive push into the battle royale genre (the company is also publishing the Chinese version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds as well as several mobile battle royale games), it’s not terribly surprising to see a similar mode pop up in Call of Duty Online.

For now, there are no plans to bring Call of Duty Online to other regions outside of China, though the fact that the game’s battle royale mode features an announcer speaking English dialogue, it is possible that Activision could be considering an eventual battle royale-style mode in a North American Call of Duty game.