Activision, the game publishing company behind the popular 1st person shooter series, Call of Duty, has reportedly had its sights set on making consumers pay to play their online games. Today however, the claims have been "squashed" by the two key developers of the top franchise.
Over the last few weeks, rumors that the game series was going to a "pay to play" model have become increasingly frequent. The reports, which come in response to an interview posted on July 4th on the Financial Times website (which requires a subscription), suggests Activision is looking into making players of their games, pay for the online portion of the game via a subscription model. In the interview, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick, stated that he was "very aggressively" looking into ways of expanding the Call of Duty franchise to different genres and structures.
Have no fear Call of Duty fans, as this paying monthly rumor has been proven false by the two main developers of the franchise. Specifically Infinity Wards Robert Bowling had this to say:
"Modern Warfare 2 subscription plan rumors going around. For the record, nobody has to pay to play COD or MW2 multiplayer, nor will they."
As well as this, Treyarch’s community manager Josh Olin, also had information regarding the new game in the franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops, scheduled for a November release. In response to the "pay to play" rumor for the new game, he denied that this was going to happen.
This is good news for fans of the series, and with pre-orders of Black Ops in North America over 300,000 already, it is clear that this franchise isn't slowing down.