A recent Tencent survey put out by the Chinese game publisher has asked Call of Duty: Modern Warfare players if they would like to have the game made available in Chinese markets. The news came via a Twitter post from Daniel Ahmad, a senior analyst at analysis firm Niko Partners.
Normally, Tencent makes use of these kinds of surveys when they’re considering publishing a game, so if it goes through, players may have a large number of Chinese players joining the multiplayer scene in the game. Of course, that may not be an entirely good thing.
While Tencent is one of the largest Chinese gaming companies, and has a huge amount of shares in a variety of other games that are highly popular in China such as many of Blizzard’s games and Riot Games’s League of Legends, Chinese influence hasn’t often been a good thing for most games.
For instance, when China opened itself up to allow PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to be played by its populace, the game’s fortunes, being a juggernaut of a rising genre of games, quickly reversed as a huge amount of hackers and cheating players entered.
The problem quickly rose to the point where players wanted Chinese players to be region-locked on servers, preventing them from playing with anyone other than other Chinese players. Other games like Counter Strike: Global Offensive and Apex Legends have also run into this issue.
Something like that could likely also happen, at least in the realm of the PC version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, if the Tencent survey response gives enough interest. If that happens, it will be up to Activision to try and address whatever cheating ensues afterwards.
While we don’t know the results of the Tencent survey yet, only time will tell just how popular Call of Duty is over there if it does end up getting published..