Uh-Oh! Modern Warfare 2 May Require Separate Subscription, Suggests Video

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If the video above is legitimate, it may mean Activision is stepping up its plans to create a subscription model for the Call of Duty series. VG247 reports that the user was trying to join a friend's session and had a purchase screen pop up. The half-word "Membersh-" is cut off, but seems to clearly imply a membership program will be for sale.
We know that Activision is interested in creating a subscription model. The company tested the waters with a survey last year, and more recently company head Bobby Kotick echoed the sentiment outright. "I would have Call of Duty be an online subscription service tomorrow," said Kotick. "When you think about what the audience's interests are and how you could really satisfy bigger audiences with more inspired, creative opportunities, I would love to see us have an online Call of Duty world. I think our players would just have so much of a more compelling experience."
On the other hand, this screen was tied directly to Modern Warfare 2, and it would be awfully bizarre of Activision to start such a program over eight months after the game's release. If the company plans to begin a membership program this late in the game's life, and to add "creative opportunities," it could be to access bonus content without removing current features a la PlayStation Plus. Or, the video may just be an outright hoax. After all, popping up on one user's screen as he tries to join a game seems convenient. We know the company is interested, but we'll have to see if anything comes of it.


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Subscription for P2P and very little updates... no thank you.

To this day I have still not purchased or played that b****** of a game.
 
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Here's some more info -

Call of Duty's Pay To Play Rumors Squashed By Treyarch, Infinity Ward





The publisher of Call of Duty may want to explore "new digital business models" for its bestselling military shooter—perhaps as an MMO—but rumors of ModernWarfare 2 going pay-to-play appear to be premature.​
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling took to his massively followed Twitter account today, dispelling rumors that the hit PS3, Xbox 360 and PC game will start carrying its own fee to play online.
"For the record, nobody has to pay to play [Call of Duty] or [Modern Warfare 2] multiplayer, nor will they," Bowling wrote.
That tweet was quickly followed by one from the other big Call of Duty developer, with Treyarch's community manager Josh Olin noting that the forthcoming Black Ops won't carry a separate online multiplayer fee either.
"No, you will not have to 'Pay to Play' [Call of Duty: Black Ops] Multiplayer either," Olin wrote. "Rumor -> Squashed."
While those already released Call of Duty games appear to have gotten off subscriber fee-free, Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick has made clear his desire to capitalize on the online successes of the first-person shooter.
"We've heard that 60 per cent of [Microsoft's] subscribers are principally on Live because of Call of Duty," Kotick said in a recent Financial Times interview. "We don't really participate financially in that income stream. We would really like to be able to provide much more value to those millions of players playing on Live, but it's not our network."
For now, though, it appears Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Black Ops will require a one-time investment.




 
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