Call of Duty Possibly Getting Stand Alone Pay-To-Play Online Multiplayer?

January 4, 2011, By Christian Davis

It’s no secret that Activision has been trying to find more ways to make money off of their most profitable franchise, Call of Duty. A new report suggests that a new way for the series to rake in cash is inevitable.

According to analyst at  Wedbush Securities, they believe that Activision is going to reveal a new strategy for Call of Duty within the next three months. “We expect this to occur during the first quarter of 2011.” That’s really soon.

This is similar to what EA and DICE is doing with the Battlefield series and their free to play Battlefield Heroes except Activision will charge you for it. If this is true then they’ll try and create “high-margin digital online content and further the brand as the leading action entertainment franchise in new geographies, new genres and with new digital business models.” This is what they wanted to do down in March along switching to a new developer and expanding into a new genre.

Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick, had previously tried to charge players to play the game online and this could be his way of finally making it happen. With the amount of people playing Call of Duty: Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2, charing around $10 dollars would be  very good for the company.

Would it be widely accepted however? If they plan on releasing a multiplayer only game, they’d have to change the time period and my guess would be in the distant future. That’s just my own speculation though.

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