Call of Duty's pay to play rumor false

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.

"No, you will not have to 'Pay to Play' #CODBlackOps Multiplayer either. Rumor -> Squashed." he tweeted.

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.

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any company that wants to do a pay to play model based thingy(Applies to games) needs to drop the whole idea as not many if any will be willing to pay again for what they already have but you could introduce an option to those who are willing to pay but don't force it and if they say no they don't push it and just accept it.

Well I would not expect that to happen but if black ops will need to have pay to play then people with live will be screwed, good. People with XBL would still pay though.

Considering the history of IW and Activision, I would suggest everyone "read between the lines." They will not charge for MW2, but I would expect it for their next game. Everything is heading towards the mmorg model.

Does this have anything to do with the game studios wanting to charge for "second-hand" games? Or is that a different issue?

vacs said,
I thought the rumours were about the next game in the series. I expect that one to be pay2play for sure.

Yeah, no where did they deny that future versions, other than Black Ops, would be pay2play.

dogmai said,

Yeah, no where did they deny that future versions, other than Black Ops, would be pay2play.

I would put money on them NOT being pay to play. Not for a long long while any way.


Oh, if Robert Bowling says it's so it has to be true. Just like last year with MW2 and the PC-version, right?

/massive sarcasm

Twisp said,
Oh, if Robert Bowling says it's so it has to be true. Just like last year with MW2 and the PC-version, right?

/massive sarcasm

I sense a whiny angry pc gamer who wanted dedicated servers.

LiquidSolstice said,
I sense a whiny angry pc gamer who wanted dedicated servers.
I sense a nosy console derp who shouldn't comment on issues he don't understand, issues that doesn't affect him.

Jar of Files said,
I sense a nosy console derp who shouldn't comment on issues he don't understand, issues that doesn't affect him.

Meh, at least I don't feel like I'm entitled to anything just because other games have something that 1 game does not. By the way, work on the grammar there, bud.

And if you must know, it isn't only about dedicated servers with this guy. Take this thread for example: http://www.infinityward.com/fo...topic.php?f=24&t=128182

You think it has nearly 200 pages of replies because people show their satisfaction? No, it's becuase everyone must let it know what a joke his PR bull**** turned out to be.

Robert Bowling is a joke, nobody, hired just to take all the heat, saving other IW and Activison people. I bet they point and laugh at him behind his back.

Edited by Jar of Files, Jul 20 2010, 8:15pm :

Jar of Files said,

What a comeback, you really got me there. Sign of desperation when you have to bring in grammar just so you'd have something to hit back with. And I'm not certainly your bud but keep talking, you amuse me. http://i29.tinypic.com/1zd822u.png

"blah blah blah I'm going to say something unoriginal and then post a picture"

As I said before, at least I don't have some sort of self-proclaimed sense of entitlement when I buy a game. I don't expect that just because other games have dedicated servers, this one should too.

Your link means nothing. Just another group of whiny never-satisfied pc gamers who are mad that they can't make custom servers with anti-gravity Wal-Mart maps and RPDs that fire grenades. Honestly, I'm glad none of that BS is there. There's a ranking system for a reason, it creates a consistent user experience and you never have to say "oh, he's only a Level 75 because he plays on this custom server".

Great job with the triple post! On a roll there, aren't yeh.

I've started playing it a lot more since noticing the Barebones Pro playlist. It takes away all the BS air support and made it into just a pure shooter. Now if they'd just add an option to play without all the commando+lightweight+marathon dbags it would be perfect!

Rookas said,
Now if they'd just add an option to play without all the commando+lightweight+marathon dbags it would be perfect!

Plus the controller cheats

First I've heard of this rumor. How could anyone say MW2 would go pay to play when it's already free? That's just silly.

While I won't be getting Black Ops, I was getting annoyed at the idea of having to pay monthly for MW2. Good to see that this isn't the case.