Activision May Charge For COD Online in the Future


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Sounds like Kotick wants even more money now. Although this news came from Tom Tippl, an executive from Activision. He was asked if there are any games that they plan to follow the Wow business model with and he basically said ofcourse, COD. Not only that…he said its beneficial for the fans.

“It’s definitely an aspiration that we see potential in, particularly as we look at different business models to monetize the online gameplay…
There’s good knowledge exchange happening between the Blizzard folks and our online guys.
We have great experience also on Call of Duty with the success we had on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. A lot of that knowledge is getting actually built into the Battle.Net platform and the design of that”

“I think it’s been mutually beneficial, and you should expect us to test and ultimately launch additional online monetization models of some of some of our biggest franchises like Call of Duty.
Our gamers are telling us there’s lots of services and innovation they would like to see that they’re not getting yet. From what we see so far, additional content, as well as all the services Blizzard is offering, is that there is demand from the core gamers to pay up for that.”


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


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  1. #1 by Watcher on November 16th, 2009

    It’s sad, but I’m not surprised. Corporations like Activision are about milking the cow till it’s dry, cutting it up for burgers, while pulling the dead horse next to it for its daily beating.

    The biggest problem with most corporations is learning how to maintain steady profit without cheating customers. They start off on the right foot giving incentives to buy their products, but once they establish a name for themselves they become greedy and start to nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar, multi-dollar rob you until their product falls to the next customer revolt or the next decent incentive from a competitor.

    Gamers need to realize when to direct their cash away from certain companies when they create plans like this at the consumer’s expense.

    Yeah, CoD is a great series, but it’s a damn linear FPS with a few multi-player maps attached to it. It’s not an MMORPG. No one should have to pay a monthly fee to play it. What are they going to add to the game that would make it worth a subscription fee? A few guns, armor, and maps? Players need to ask themselves, what benefits will an online fee bring to this game for players other than the option to shoot at something all day long?

  2. #2 by Fleakitten on November 16th, 2009

    And I thought companies couldn’t get worse than EA.

  3. #3 by Royalty32 on November 16th, 2009

    Are u kiddin me. That would suck if ur an xbl user, because ur already paying 50 bucs just to be online. I dont think that would happen to psn only because it free to play online already and if they started chargin to play COD then sony would be lying about there online and they would probly have to start charging like xbl.

  4. #4 by JimmyMagnum on November 16th, 2009 [ 83111 Points ]

    Sony wouldn’t be lying about their PSN being free. Fees are run by game developers. PSN will still be free, but the game itself won’t be available to play online unless you pay the developer for that game. MMOs like DC Universe will have a monthly fee, but technically speaking, your PSN is still free.

  5. #5 by Eddie on November 16th, 2009 [ 44542 Points ]

    FFXIV will absolutely have a fee.

  6. #6 by SicSemperTyranis on November 16th, 2009 [ 6405 Points ]

    This is not surprising at all. Why do you think that the PC version had no player dedicated server support? Ah, Activision you sly dogs…

  7. #7 by Royalty32 on November 17th, 2009

    Thanks for clearing that up for me Jimmy. Still Activision has the best shooter ever and it wants us to pay to play. I smell B$


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