January 14, 2013 (AS)
|Delisting||June 01, 2021 - Removed from Availability
August 31, 2021 - Server Shutdown
|Links||Call of Duty Online homepage
Call of Duty Online Wikipedia page
The Call of Duty Online team announced on May 31st, 2021 that the Chinese-exclusive PC shooter would be shut down on August 31st, 2021. The Google translated announcement follows, laying out the timeline for events leading up to the shutdown:
Thanks to the soldiers for their love and companionship to Call of Duty Online in the past 6 years . We are honored to be able to create and share an unforgettable gaming experience with you. Sincere thanks to all the fighters of “Call of Duty Online “! As the agency contract is about to expire, “Call of Duty Online ” will be officially [ceasing] operations on [August 31st, 2021]. The specific arrangements for the suspension are as follows:
May 31, 2021 – End of in-game purchases
June 01, 2021 – End of registration for new players
Aug 31, 2021 – Server and Service Shutdown
Before the game server is shut down, soldiers can continue to play the game, participate in activities that are still in progress, and use the remaining tokens and prop resources; after the game server is shut down, all account data and characters and other information in the game will be cleared.
In order to thank the soldiers for their support and understanding, we have prepared a compensation activity (click go to the event), [beginning May 31st, 2021]. The gift packs of other games involved in this compensation activity will also be used as a replacement for the unconsumed virtual currency and unexpired game services (if any) in the player’s game account. Once you participate in the compensation activities, it is deemed to be an approval of the compensation/replacement plan. If the player does not participate in the compensation activities within the aforementioned period, it shall be deemed to have automatically given up the right to compensation/replacement.
The compensation event we have prepared is “Call of Duty Mobile Game” (click to go to the official website) . Please download the game and create characters in advance, so that you can participate in the event and receive rewards!
Finally, thanks again to the soldiers for their support! We sincerely look forward to your continued support and attention to more excellent products from Tencent, including “Call of Duty Mobile Games”. If you have any questions or suggestions about outages and compensation activities, please click to give us feedback “>”>”“Call of Duty Online ” Operation Team
Although the translated announcement only vaguely implies it, Niko Partners’ games analyst, Daniel Ahmad, explained the shutdown more bluntly; “declining revenue and lack of renewal from Activision” are behind the decision to shut the game down.
About the Game
[From Wikipedia.org] The free-to-play game features some of the same multiplayer modes as previous games in the series with several notable changes. The game offers “Hero Ops” single-player missions, a cooperative survival mode, as well as a special mode called “Cyborgs”, which replaces the franchise’s popular zombie-survival mode. This change was brought about by Chinese censorship laws. The game also allows players to purchase and/or rent cosmetics for their in-game avatars. Since its launch, the game has released updates that include new weapons and features from recent installments in the larger franchise.