Wow are you serious I have never seen such greed in the gaming world as I have with Activision. Now I understand why Infinityward left the company. They aren't happy with selling over a billion dollars worth of games but they want more. Michael Pachter stated the following the industry needs to start thinking of adding subscription models to its multiplayer experiences with Activision and Call of Duty leading the charge. So not only are you going to have to pay for xbox live but now they want you to pay for playing call of duty. He want on to say:
“We estimate that a total of 12 million consumers are playing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 for an average of 10 hours per week on the two platforms’ respective networks, and the continued enjoyment of this game (along with an estimated 6 million Halo online players, 3 million EA Sports players, and 5 million players playing other games, such as Battlefield, Red Dead Redemption, Left 4 Dead and Grand Theft Auto) has sucked the available time away from what otherwise would be spent playing newly purchased games.”
He added: “We see this as a continuing problem, and think that unless and until the publishers come up with a business model that appropriately captures the value created by the multiplayer experience, we are destined to see a migration of game playing away from packaged goods purchases and toward multiplayer online.
“We think that it is incumbent upon Activision, with the most popular multiplayer game, to take the first step to address monetization of multiplayer. It is too early to tell whether that will be a monthly subscription, tournament entry fees, micro transaction fees, or a combination of all three, but we expect to see the company take some action by year-end, when Call of Duty Black Ops launches.”
So we figure to play Black Ops online will cost you $9.99 a month to play online, and $30 for a yearly. This is an outrage. Are you willing to pay?