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Call of Duty subscription service could attract 4 to 5 million gamers

Would you pay a monthly subscription fee to play Call of Duty online if you received extras such as new maps and weapons? Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter believes that you and millions of your peers, would happily do so.

His comments caused serious backlash among Call of Duty fans, but another analyst has now joined the conversation on Pachter’s side. Mike Hickey, an analyst with the firm Janco Partners, today stated that he believes a subscription plan will indeed be announced, although he did not guess when the announcement might happen.

If these statements fill you with rage you might find some comfort in the words of Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling, who responded to Pachter by saying “To be clear: There is not, and will never be, additional fees required to subscribe and play Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer.” Josh Olin with Treyarch has also been fighting against the rumors tooth and nail.

However, the cynical gamer can see the weak spot in these denials. These are not the words of Activision’s head honchos but rather the words of the developers themselves. West and Zampella probably didn’t think they would ever be fired from their own studio, but they were. The chain of the command runs higher than the developers, and none of the rumor-slaying has come from the Activision corporate offices. In fact, Bobby Kotick, everyone’s favorite gaming CEO, has already told the Wall Street Journal in an interview that he would like to see a Call of Duty subscription service tomorrow, when asked what he would do with his company if he were granted just one wish.

No one can say for sure if this will ever happen, but until Bobby Kotick takes back his comments a Call of Duty subscription remains a possibility.

Source: Industry Gamers

July 23, 2010

46 comments

  • Rowdie - July 28, 2010 12:45 a.m.

    I have no doubt COD freaks will pay and do so happily. I however am not one of those said freaks.
  • ScaryBeast - July 27, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    Would the subscription fee go to dedicated servers, in turn better connections for everyone, and less hackers/modders? Maybe it was a secret plot the whole time. Design a game poorly, so it can be easily modded, just to end up luring us in for a monthly fee to help minimize the mods and lag issues.
  • pin316 - July 26, 2010 12:13 p.m.

    industry anaylst Machael Pachter reckons there are about 4-5 million kids worldwide whose parents will say yes when they get asked for money to play games...either through not caring because they can afford it, or because they're too gullible to realise that it's only that game which is charging you. people who actually earn their own money - hella no...we actually recognise being ripped off when someone tries it.
  • CH3BURASHKA - July 26, 2010 2:40 a.m.

    Sadly, this could ultimately be possible. Paying monthly to play CoD is unheard of, but if enough Average Joe's pitch in this will become a cruel reality which all games will subscribe to.
  • CandiedJester - July 25, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    I would not pay for a subscription. I would boycott. Besides COD isn't THAT important to me. However, sadly, I know for a fact some COD fans are so into it that they would not be able to resist. They WOULD get subscribers. They would just consist of people too young
  • XKillerTedX - July 25, 2010 9:32 a.m.

    i would pay a monthly subscription for maps and guns to get straight away but i think multiplayer should still be free
  • KrazyGamer - July 25, 2010 8:56 a.m.

    My god, First Electronic Arts and Ubisoft with Multiplayer Lock and NOW THIS?!?!?!?!?! WTF is wrong with these corporatios? These fuckheads are getting millions every week but they still want more! If they do this, At least they will rid me of My CoD addiction, Thats for sure.
  • Crabhand - July 25, 2010 6:35 a.m.

    I honestly don't see it happening. Modern Warfare 2 was the last Activision game I purchased, and it may very well remain that way. Aside from that, I get the feeling that few gamers would go for this, especially not XBox gamers who already pay to play online.
  • Defguru7777 - July 25, 2010 3:23 a.m.

    I would stay the hell away from any game that did this, even if it was Halo. And my comments reflect how much I love Halo.
  • KainStrider - July 25, 2010 2:43 a.m.

    I'd love to punch Bobby Kotick in his smug little face. Hope you enjoyed CoD's popularity. Because when this goes into effect, we will laugh. Not only will we laugh but we'll be playing other games.
  • aaronfuhrer - July 24, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    I'm not pay $60 for a game, and then paying an extra $10-15 to play online. I'll just go to Battlefield instead, even though I hate that game.
  • Silentboy - July 24, 2010 5:37 p.m.

    This is double bad as it affects both consoles. Playstation users will have to pay for online on only one game and Xbox players will have to pay DOUBLE SUBSCRIPTION FEES if they want to play CoD. This would cause CoD to lose it's #1 spot for most online players.
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - July 24, 2010 4:24 p.m.

    Just to be fair, when he said subscribtion in the beginning of the article, it didn't mean that everyone had to pay. It meant that if you wanted to cough up some money, then you would get exclusive crap. But it is still stupid RPG's = FPS's x 1,232
  • farsided - July 24, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    Think for a minute. Why is WoW able to real in millions of gamers even with its monthly fees? First, because it has no real competition (let's face it, there aren't many other massively accesible solid MMO's out there), and second, because its competition also charges monthly fees. Modern Warfare on the other hand does have competition (and superior competition at that) in the form of Medal of Honor and Battlefield, and these games won't be charging monthly fees. People will jump ship in a heartbeat. Pachter is a sham.
  • Marvelfan13 - July 24, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    Two words. Hell. No. I played MW2 for months and finally got really bored of it. There is no way I'm going to pay to play.
  • DarthCockels - July 24, 2010 12:57 p.m.

    That is some audacity. I understand the drive for money but when anyone on the planet that owns a game console has a copy of your game you don't need anymore fucking money. Especially when said company fails to deliver when it comes to maintenence of the multiplayer features and the high priced map packs. You want more moeny from us? Show some balls and fix what doesn't work on the game that is already out. I would gladly pay $10 a month if we got things like new weapons AND maps every month without any additional charges on top of a subscription fee. I would fully support paying a team of people to constantly add to and improve the game. Aside from that the company would also need to listen to the subscribers in terms of what needs improvement and needed timely fixes. Anyone who has set foot in MW2 has felt the balance issues or been the victim of an exploit/glitch for weeks while Activision rolls blunts with our money. Why blunts? Because you would have to be fucking high to think this up when you haven't shown through example that you have a product worth the extra price. They can't even provide dedicated servers. Until Activision can show me they have their shit together there is no way I would pay extra. Provide me with value and content and I will gladly hand them money. Normally I would have per-ordered the next COD by now but frankly it feels to me like the series is starting to go the way of Guitar Hero; yearly release that sucks a bit more sweaty boner with every release. To conclude, fuck your pipe dreams Activision. Show us you deserve the money.
  • buminyaface - July 24, 2010 12:20 p.m.

    does bobby kotick actually have internet access? how is he just ignoring the mass of pleading to stop this happening, they would be insane to actually let this happen, and insane not to give kotick a well deserved cavity exploration by a large black man
  • presc1ence - July 24, 2010 11:43 a.m.

    WOW! So it wont be treyarch who will cause this franchise to die with their dodgy games, activision seems hell bent on screwing it over! MMORPGS JUST about work on the subscriber method, does this idiot REALLY think his game has the same kind of depth as an RPG? This really would be laughable , as youd think everyone else in this company would shout this idiot down. But as he already sacked his best and most profitable peeps, i sooooo reckon it'll get very close to happening! Bye bye CoD! It's been fun!
  • loonyman978 - July 24, 2010 9:50 a.m.

    Id pay for a CoD 4 style MMO. But only if it was a reasonable price, which, beng Activision, it wont be
  • SwampRock - July 24, 2010 7:45 a.m.

    fuck no way most sane people are going to pay monthly for a game they already bought especially when there are so many other viable shooters out there

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