Just When You Thought They Were Bad Enough....

#1 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -

Activision made some waves with its announcement of Beachhead Studios, a new division designed to provide online "content and services" for the company's Call of Duty franchise.

The company was not clear as to what this would entail, but Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter is certain it means that Activision is ready to start charging players for Call of Duty online multiplayer.

In a story on G4, Pachter did not mince words:

"Project Beachhead absolutely is charging for multiplayer," Pachter said. "I'm certain to my core. Activision said they are working on 'value added, premium content that is exclusive. How do you exclude people unless you do it on the basis of whether they pay or not? What are you going to have a bouncer in front of the club where you play the content? The only way it's exclusive is if it excludes non-paying members."

Pachter is certain that pay-for play is coming, however, he's not quite sure how it will be implemented.

"The exclusive content could be pay as you go, or monthly. Let's say Project Beachhead comes up with 'Call of Duty Universe,' and it launches with Modern Warfare 3 and they say 'if you join here's all the exclusive content and exclusive weapons and we'll charge you a dollar a piece.' Or If they say, 'for $5 a month you get unlimited weapons and all the map packs we bring out for Modern Warfare in perpetuity,' a lot of people will say, 'I'm going to buy three map packs for 15 dollars anyway, so for $60 a year, I'm getting all the unlimited weapons and achievements,' so they could do that. I don't know if that's what they're going to choose to do. I'd say $5 a month is reasonable, though."

If true, it's not going to go over well with fans accustomed to paying only for their Xbox Live membership -- or in the case of PS3 owners, playing multiplayer for free. We've come to expect that multiplayer is included with the $60 price tag of our games, but perhaps that era is coming to an end.

Wow... They are really working on pissing off their customers.
#2 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -

Argh, will a mod please delete one of these?

#3 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

It's all good.  The question is, how upset will you be at your husband for paying the 5-10$ a month for CoD?

#4 Edited by stringbacon (87 posts) -

This is just speculation by Pachter, who has been saying this for years.

#5 Posted by Snipzor (3317 posts) -
" This is just speculation by Pachter, who has been saying this for years. "
#6 Posted by GunslingerPanda (4738 posts) -

Finally, the decline of CoD can happen and that godawful franchise can either fuck off, or go back to CoD2.

#7 Posted by melcene (3056 posts) -
@KaosAngel: Pffft lol well, the same rule will apply as for our MMOs.  Once we haven't touched it for 30 days, it's time to evaluate keeping the subscription.
#8 Posted by Deusoma (3006 posts) -

Personally, I'll never go out of my way to pay for competetive multiplayer in a specific franchise. I play for Xbox Live, but that covers every game on the console for when I get the rare urge to take any of them online.

#9 Posted by JJWeatherman (14558 posts) -

I feel like they're a year or two too late on this. They should have really been pushing this stuff right after CoD4 came out and everyone and their grandmother was playing Call of Duty. Sure it's still popular, but I feel like this series has reached a peak already. If they don't do anything drastic to the formula, it's probably downhill from here.

#10 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -
@JJWeatherman: *waits eagerly*

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