Imagine having to pay a monthly fee to play Call of Duty. What a horrible thought, right? Well this idea could become an unfortunate reality. During the recent Activision Blizzard earnings call, Activision’s CEO Bobby Kotick stated:
“If you think about the success that we’ve had in other product categories on subscription, you can get a sense of the direction that we want to take that [Call of Duty] franchise.”
Yikes. We can agree that when he says “success” he really means the copious amounts of cold hard cash that the franchise rakes in. Seems a lot like a corporate giant’s typical greed to me rather than focusing on keeping their gamers happy.
We’ve heard rumors for awhile about the possibility of a Call of Duty MMO like World of Warcraft, and it’s seemed even more likely that Activision and Blizzard are one in the same. This would also explain how they could monetize the franchise even more, as users of the Xbox already pay for a Gold membership. This poses the question of which platforms would this work on? PC is obvious since there are already paid MMO’s out there. How would it work on Xbox Live or PSN? The Call of Duty franchise is such a heavy hitter on consoles, it would be interesting to see if they push out a title that’s exclusive to the PC only.
This is all rumor, speculation, and discussion now. Nothing is official, and when it comes to another pay-to-play game I hope it never becomes official. Would you pay for a subscription based Call of Duty MMO?