Activision Toying With The Idea Of Pay To Play For CoD?
Activision has been a standard gamer's punching bag for a while now. And this won't help.
You've probably noticed that a certain rumor is making the rounds; it comes from a YouTube video posted by a member of the 360Junkies forums. In this clip, it appears that Activision plans to harvest even more cash from their annual arrival of the lucrative Call of Duty crop. It seems a user went to go join a friend's session in Modern Warfare 2 and was greeted with a line of text that mentions "Modern Warfare 2 Membership." The user would then have to select a certain membership level or add Microsoft Points... Now, bear one thing in mind: both Infinity Ward boss Robert Bowling and Treyarch community manager Josh Olin have countered the idea of a "pay-to-play model" for the franchise. Bowling said on his Twitter page that "nobody has to pay to play CoD or MW2 multiplayer, nor will they." And Olin said the rumor was "officially squashed." However, it could be pretty difficult to fake that video and Bobby Kotick has expressed interest in other revenue streams for their games...
We're not really sure what to think right now. We certainly want to believe Bowling and Olin but then again, Activision has the rights to do almost as they please...and the default desire for any owner of a multi-billion-dollar product is to make even more money.
7/19/2010 9:04:33 PM Ben Dutka