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Activision: We're NOT Charging for Online Play

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 49 comments

Activision, Treyarch and Infinity Ward say that subscription fees will never be applied to Call of Duty titles.

Last week industry analyst Michael Pachter said that multiplayer components of PC and console games were driving overall sales down. To combat this problem, he suggested that Activision should charge for online play--as seen with MMORPG subscription services--starting with its upcoming game, Call of Duty Black Ops.

A supposed "leaked" video then surfaced Monday indicating that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox Live would introduce a subscription service for the game's online mode. The video depicts the Xbox Live menu from Modern Warfare 2 showing terms such as "add Microsoft points," "membership," and "balance." This may be indicative of absolutely nothing, however rumors heated up nonetheless.

Since the video's release, Activision, Treyarch and Infinity Ward have released statements assuring gamers that they will never be required to pay a subscription fee to play online. "This video shows just a glitch-- since you can access a Live subscription renewal from within the MW2 game interface, it appears some data got jammed between two parts of Live," said Activision's Dan Amrich in his blog. "It's not a secret portal to some nefarious plot to charge people for COD multiplayer--and there are no plans to do that."

Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling followed up in his blog by adding that "there is not, and will never be, additional fees required to subscribe and play Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer." As for Black Ops, Treyarch's community manager confirmed on Twitter that a subscription model would not be applied to the game. To round out the rumor bashing, Activision rejected reports that it's adding subscription memberships with Modern Warfare 2.

"Activision has no plans to charge gamers to play Call of Duty multiplayer," the company said. But clearly, the company left the doors open to change its plans down the line.

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    sliem , July 20, 2010 7:07 PM
    Lemon juice! Free! It's free! The cup is $15 though! But we are not charging for the juice!
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    anthropophaginian , July 20, 2010 7:12 PM
    I'm still not going to buy your games.
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    Marco925 , July 20, 2010 6:55 PM
    The future is anyone's guess. they may say something now, but they can also reverse their decision later on.
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    ipp , July 20, 2010 6:59 PM
    Yeah really. Wait for MW3. This was just a test using the old engine.
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    4745454b , July 20, 2010 7:03 PM
    Whew, what a relief. Will not be applied to the CoD titles. And thank god they make nothing else. Or else they would just charge for them.
  • 28 Hide
    sliem , July 20, 2010 7:07 PM
    Lemon juice! Free! It's free! The cup is $15 though! But we are not charging for the juice!
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    hellwig , July 20, 2010 7:08 PM
    Well, you won't be required to pay anything beyond your XBox Live subscription fees, that is. Not sure why everyone keeps glossing over those.
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    anthropophaginian , July 20, 2010 7:12 PM
    I'm still not going to buy your games.
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2010 7:14 PM
    Slightly confused....

    If

    Since the video's release, Activision, Treyarch and Infinity Ward have released statements assuring gamers that they will never be required to pay a subscription fee to play online.

    then how can you say:

    But clearly, the company left the doors open to change its plans down the line.
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    ArgleBargle , July 20, 2010 7:16 PM
    Much like the promise of Larissa Riquelme to run naked through the streets of Paraguay, to the promised release of Duke Nukem Forever, I anticipate this promise of "never charging for online play" was made only to be broken.
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    insider3 , July 20, 2010 7:19 PM
    Believe me, if they add subscription fees, they would lose money. You can't compare FPS games to MMO. At least MMORPG games add free content and keep the game interesting..That's a reason to pay monthly, new items, levels whatever. Call of duty? Okay I'm gonna pay monthly and 1/3rd of the players are hackers? They can't even keep the game clean. I'm glad this is just a rumor, otherwise it would be a joke if it were to happen.
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    Malachi1975 , July 20, 2010 7:24 PM
    Of course Activisioon won't add "fees for online play"! They're making a killing by being THE most aggressively priced DLC on the planet. Why change the forumla when people are dropping $15 for 4 maps on $60 PC games?
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    Computerrock1 , July 20, 2010 7:29 PM
    sliemLemon juice! Free! It's free! The cup is $15 though! But we are not charging for the juice!


    I'll bring my own danm cup then!
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    HavoCnMe , July 20, 2010 7:33 PM
    "Wait for it, Wait for it" "We are proud to announce that we will now be charging for online play" -Antivision
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    Strider-Hiryu_79 , July 20, 2010 7:38 PM
    So wait? Who the **** is Michael Pachter again? Oh an "industry analyst".

    Is this guy in anyway associated with activision/IW/treyarch? If so he should be fired for shooting his mouth off.

    If not Activision will probably hire him to come up with more money-raking schemes.

    HavoCnMe"Wait for it, Wait for it" "We are proud to announce that we will now be charging for online play" -Antivision


    LOL I could see that happening.
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2010 7:53 PM
    After learning my lesson, I will never buy another game that has "Activision" on the cover.
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    rohitbaran , July 20, 2010 7:55 PM
    They are making a wise decision, considering the infamy they faced after their firing of Infinity Ward programmers.
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    fayzaan , July 20, 2010 8:17 PM
    CALL OF DIRTY!! im going to buy the new one coming out...at least its better than that MOH that I paid for >< stupid game...
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    TheDuke , July 20, 2010 8:18 PM
    HavoCnMe"Wait for it, Wait for it" "We are proud to announce that we will now be charging for online play" -Antivision


    it'll happen
    real sad though. bet you right now they are scheming on how to present it in a good light and trying to figure out how to make fps games seem like mmo's in that paying is essential
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    dogofwars , July 20, 2010 8:22 PM
    It's understandable if the game is being update all the time like WoW that you have to pay a monthly fee but for something like MW2 other than the extra maps well, you cannot justify the monthly additional cost.
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    HalJordan , July 20, 2010 8:33 PM
    dogofwarsIt's understandable if the game is being update all the time like WoW that you have to pay a monthly fee but for something like MW2 other than the extra maps well, you cannot justify the monthly additional cost.


    How many people out there, though, would gladly fork over the ~$10 a month to play. Sure Activision says they won't be charging, but how easy is it for a company to backtrack on what they have said in the past...they are foaming at the mouth to charge monthly dues. As soon as they feel they can get away with it...
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    mikem_90 , July 20, 2010 8:58 PM
    Computerrock1I'll bring my own danm cup then!


    Sorry, Activision Lemon Juice is only compatible with Activision cups. We're not legally allowed to distribute it in any container that is not on our certification list.
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