We were already aware of Activision's 'Beachhead Studio', and the knowledge it was working on some kind of online social network style platform for the Call of Duty franchise. Now, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, Activision is primed to release Call of Duty Elite - a paid online subscription service designed to give users more information on the games they play online and new "Facebook" inspired features.
At the moment Activision hasn't decided how much to charge for the service, but the Wall Street Journal estimates that it will be around the US$8 mark per month.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Activision is a little "coy" about the features included in the service - but for $8 a month, considering the great job Bungie do on their site for free, it has better be pretty extensive.
But we think it probably will be. Activision has spoken extensively on its intentions to extend the Call of Duty franchise into the social networking sphere, so we imagine most of the features will work around connecting Call of Duty players in different, hopefully unique ways.
According to the Wall Street Journal piece, Activision chief Bobby Kotick isn't worried about pushback from gamers because they still have the option to play for free. Wishful thinking we would have thought, considering that there is a vocal minority out there becoming increasingly frustrated with Activision and their treatment of the Call of Duty franchise specifically.
What do you think? Are you willing to pay an extra fee? That'll be $119.95RRP for the game, $89.95 per year for Xbox LIVE, and possibly $9.95 per month for Aussie users?
You'd have to be a pretty big Call of Duty fan to stomach all those fees in our humble opinion - but time will tell.