Call of Duty might get subscription as Activision look to make more out of the Black Ops fanfare: Would you play CoD: Black Ops paying a monthly fee?

February 12, 2011, By Shawn Wagnon

We first got the scent of this idea from Activision Blizzard late last year and we thought it downright stunk. They are trying to pitch the same concept again six months down the line and we feel exactly the same. The news going around is that Activision is planning to charge a subscription fee for Call of Duty franchise. This simple means that you might have to pay a monthly fee (or fees for some fixed period of time) in order to enjoy the game online.

And in case you wish to enjoy CoD further, then you need to shell out more. Now we understand that they just axed ‘Guitar Hero’, which made them millions of dollars once and want to capitalize on the Call of duty craze while it lasts. But introducing subscription for the popular multiplayer game may not be the way to go.

This could really end up backfiring in a huge way and the Activision will both look bad and also lose die-hard gaming fans. In short, a move that could hurt long-term benefits and image. We were promised before the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops that Activision would “never monetize” CoD.

So, why go back to this idea now? Why not reap benefits in the longer run by getting more people hooked? Come to think of it, the day we need to pay subscription fee to play Call of Duty could be the day we stop playing it altogether. We hope Activision will once again swiftly kill these new rumors with a clarification.

But maybe we are wrong. The question is, are you willing to pay a subscription fee to play CoD online?

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