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Submitted by Kiran Earwaker on November 24 2010 - 11:43

Activision rules out an online multiplayer subscription fee for Call of Duty...

Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirschberg has said that the company “will never, ever charge for the multiplayer” of its Call of Duty games.

Speaking to IndustryGamers, Hirschberg reiterated Activision’s public stance on a multiplayer subscription fee:

"Are we going to be charging for multiplayer? The answer is no.” He said.

“The experience you have out of the box, connecting with the online community to play Call of Duty is absolutely integral to the experience and we'll never charge for that. It's not going to be something we'll attempt to monetize; it's part of the package."

"Nothing we or anyone else tries is going to work if it doesn't have tremendous value for people and add a tremendous value to the gaming experience.” Hirschberg noted,

“there are certainly a lot of behavioral shifts towards long-standing online relationships... But at the end of the day, all I'm trying to get across is I can unequivocally say we will never, ever charge for the multiplayer."

This latest denial comes after months of backtracking following comments made by Activision CEO Bobby Kotick in June, who told the Wall Street Journal  that he “would have Call of Duty be an online subscription service tomorrow” if he could. Kotick said at the time that a subscription based service would “hopefully” be coming to the CoD series, stating that such a service would allow developers to “create so many things, and make the game even more fun to play.”

Check out our in depth feature on the CoD subscription debate here.

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By: Anonymous

Added:Fri 12th Nov 2010 15:13, Post No: 6

not sure i would actually enjoy this... :(


By: freeradical

Added:Thu 11th Nov 2010 14:29, Post No: 5

That would be genuinely awesome. I love the idea of long-haul space travel in a first-person shooter.

"Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking. We've just passed by the moon and should be reaching our destination at Alpha Centauri in around about 500 years, asteroid fields permitting."


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 11th Nov 2010 14:06, Post No: 4

COULD be very cool, as long a they take a "realistic" take on the future, with bullets and long haul space travel instead of lasers and lightspeed.


By: freeradical

Added:Fri 28th May 2010 09:51, Post No: 3

@Post 1: So, basically you're looking forward to Sony and EA games then?

I hear what you're saying though. Sledgehammer Games could actually be CoD's last hope in a couple of years. By the time 2012 comes around, will we be so bored by the Infinity Ward and Treyarch formula that a new deveoloper breathing life into the series will be a welcome relief?


By: SegaBoy

Added:Thu 27th May 2010 16:41, Post No: 2

It'll be interesting to see what Sledgehammer is planning if the game still intends to be in the action/adventure genre... lots of Tomb Raider block puzzles to push around and locked doors to open?!?!


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 27th May 2010 15:01, Post No: 1

bored bored bored.  modern warfare was a great FPS.  world at war was ok for multiplayer, but the single player was abit meh.  modern warfare 2 was, well, crap imo.  the single player was rubbish in terms of level design, ai, it's length and storyline.  it was a 2 year old game (mw1) with new maps and a few new online features.   and then they have the cheek to charge over £10 for map packs, where 2/5s of it was from the 2year old game i mentioned before.  i think they NEED these new teams to maybe one day breathe life into it again.  Black Ops is the last chance COD gets from me haha.  much more excited by other games on the way now, such as:  Dead Space 2, Killzone 3, Uncharted 3, Gran Tourismo 5, ModNation Racers, Crysis 2, Little Big Planet 2, and more i just can't think of.  I think they only people really left playing COD are actually not really old enough to be playing it lol.  Sorry, but complete lack of interest here!