Sohu.com Announces Changyou.com Begins Beta Testing Of 'Battlefield Online'
Sohu.com (NASDAQ: SOHU) today announced that its online game subsidiary, Changyou.com ("Changyou") (NASDAQ: CYOU) began open beta testing of Battlefield™ Online, Changyou's first licensed online first-person shooter game ("FPS") on November 15, 2012.
Online is licensed from Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA), and is a Chinese online game version of the classic Battlefield™ franchise. The game breaks away from traditional FPS gameplay, utilizing jet fighters, tanks and even aircraft carriers as the main instruments of warfare, while firearms and ammunitions function as auxiliary weaponry. The game allows players to not only compete as small teams in Team Death Match and Capture mode, but also to participate in large-scale combat with up to 100 players in a 50 vs. 50 battlefield. Additionally, Battlefield™ Online features different infantry classes. Players can select from four classes including "medic," "antitank soldier," "engineer" and "sniper" when joining a combat or before re-spawn. The battlefields in the game are portrayals of real-life battle settings and even the parameters of the military vehicles in the game are based on reality as well.
Mr. Dewen Chen, Changyou's president and chief operations officer,