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The recent Call of Duty games, published by Square Enix in Japan, have done reasonably well in terms of sales, with Modern Warfare 2 selling around 178,000 copies during the week of its debut. For a first-person shooter, that’s fantastic.

 

Now, Square are preparing a real treat for their Call of Duty fanbase. For Call of Duty: Black Ops, Square Enix are going to release two versions of the game — one with English voices and Japanese subtitles, and the other fully dubbed in Japanese.

 

The subtitled version will hit the market first on November 18th. The dubbed version will follow a month later on December 16th. Square revealed on their Call of Duty: Black Ops blog — yes, such a thing exists — that, in to a poll they conducted, 60% of participants voted for subtitles while 40% preferred a full dub.

 

Interestingly, Spike conducted a similar poll on a much larger scale last year. You can view the results here.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and a contributing writer at GamesIndustry.biz. He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.

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