Call Of Duty's Pay To Play Rumours Squashed By Treyarch, Infinity Ward

The publisher of Call of Duty may want to explore "new digital business models" for its bestselling military shooter - perhaps as an MMO - but rumours of Modern Warfare 2 going pay-to-play appear to be premature.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling took to his massively followed Twitter account today, dispelling rumours that the hit PS3, Xbox 360 and PC game will start carrying its own fee to play online.

"For the record, nobody has to pay to play [Call of Duty]or [Modern Warfare 2]multiplayer, nor will they," Bowling wrote.

That tweet was quickly followed by one from the other big Call of Duty developer, with Treyarch's community manager Josh Olin noting that the forthcoming Black Ops won't carry a separate online multiplayer fee either.

"No, you will not have to 'Pay to Play' [Call of Duty: Black Ops]Multiplayer either," Olin wrote. "Rumour -> Squashed."

While those already released Call of Duty games appear to have gotten off subscriber fee-free, Activision Blizzard boss Bobby Kotick has made clear his desire to capitalise on the online successes of the first-person shooter.

"We've heard that 60 per cent of [Microsoft's]subscribers are principally on Live because of Call of Duty," Kotick said in a recent Financial Times interview. "We don't really participate financially in that income stream. We would really like to be able to provide much more value to those millions of players playing on Live, but it's not our network."

For now, though, it appears Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Black Ops will require a one-time investment.

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Comments

    Ah... duh?!
    Not ONCE did I think with the MMO or pay-to-play rumours that Activision would charge to play currently released or the upcoming Black Ops games. Thats stupid, it could have been suicide for Act.
    Whilst if it was announced I wouldn't be THAT shocked cause they're sneaky bastards like that.

    But just because the ALREADY released MW2 and upcoming Black Ops are now confirmed to not require pay-to-play (if you ignore XBL fees) doesn't mean Activision aren't using that THIRD STUDIO to create a new CoD game that is a MMO or pay for play. A new game altogether, ah duh!

    Whilst it would have made sense to make MW2 pay for play considering the 15+ million people who have the game therefore not needing to try and sell a new game to consumers. But Activison are so CHEAP! Blabbing on how they deserve compensation from MS through XBL revenue.
    They need a massive backlash and loss of revenue in order to realise they need to restructure there intentions and become what EA are now!

    So Activision want more money? Not surprising.

    A game like MW2 is P2P. If Activision did start to charge to play then what are they charging for?
    I buy the game.
    I pay for a Live subscription.
    I host a game on my console, my connection.
    People join my game.
    What would Activision be charging for?
    Maybe I should be the one charging.

    I don't think Microsoft or Sony would let Activision make money of their service.

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