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Soapbox: Would You Pay To Play Call of Duty Online?

Matt Gardner
Polls, Soapbox

Bobby Kotick really doesn't seem to want to ingratiate himself to anyone apart from his bank manager. As you'll have no doubt seen thanks to our Monday's news roundup, when asked to make one hypothetical wish Aladdin-style Kotick began imagining an opportunity to squeeze even more money out of us by charging for online play. That said, he's not the only one, with THQ and, more notoriously, EA all attempting to fight the battle against pre-owned games by charging premiums to play although at least they were honest about trying to recoup losses from the second-hand market. Kotick appears to believe he's driven by altruism. We've already covered some of this ground in Game Buzz, but what do you guys and girls think? Would you have been willing to pay a subscription to play Modern Warfare 2 online? Will it affect your purchase of Black Ops if multiplayer requires a premium? Cast your votes and let us know.

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ODB  Jun. 22, 2010 at 13:15

oh god no....its Vietnam...I HAVE TO PLAY IT! but no way not paying!

then again I do pay already really as I pay for my XBL subscription (99% of the time online is on COD) and then there is the map packs!

so get rid of XBL sub fees and I'd pay

ODB  Jun. 22, 2010 at 13:16

BTW Dealspwn folks...you realise the Soapbox on the right hand side of main page doesnt work? only works if you got to actual vote page

noticed this the other day too

Jonathan Lester  Jun. 22, 2010 at 13:47

Damn straight! If this subscription plan does materialise, it's up to MS and Sony to pay Activision in order to get the subs included in XBL Gold membership and Playstation+. Maybe Silver members and normal PSN subscribers could optionally pay the subs to play CoD online?

I wonder if Sledgehammer's mysterious CoD 'Action Adventure' title is being developed with subs in mind... and will integrate a number of MMORPG-style features to make it worthwhile?

Lee  Jun. 22, 2010 at 14:19

I wouldn't pay to play anything online!

Jeffrey Archer  Jun. 22, 2010 at 15:33

Well Lee, just like your mother, you're a cheapass skank.

StauntonLick  Jun. 22, 2010 at 16:01

So to play the next Call of Duty (which, in true treyarch form, is looking to be an uninspired retread through the path trod by it's IW predecessor) online you will need to pay three sets of subscriptions (ISP, Xbox Live and Activision).

When does it end? Surely when the money they make from this is no longer enough they'll start charging for premium content (as they do already for Map Packs), so that initial £40 outlay quickly becomes closer to £100 if you want the full experience.

And this coming on the heels of the EA "Online Pass" essentially enabling publishers to make a potentially infinite amount of money from a single unit sale, and news of the UK Games Tax Break being rescinded, we're looking at a real problem in the industry - and one that would probably fill up this comment box attempting to discuss!

ODB  Jun. 22, 2010 at 17:23

(which, in true treyarch form, is looking to be an uninspired retread through the path trod by it’s IW predecessor)

how do you work that one out? They've already said its going to be different, its a completly new setting and all images and vids so far have been nothing but awesome

StauntonLick  Jun. 22, 2010 at 19:13

I was genuinely excited by the trailer, but when it came to the gameplay shown at E3 it just looked like the same ol' Call of Duty.

Honestly, I want it to be good, but Treyarch's track record hasn't been particularly hot on the creativity front. We'll get everything that made MW2 great, just repeated again a year later.

Zleet  Jun. 23, 2010 at 10:49


For people like me who just play COD occasionally I would just switch to a game that doesn't charge. I would also suspect it would be a proverbial kick in the bollocks to all the parents who buy their little'uns the new COD game for Xmas if they then found it required further subscription.

ODB  Jun. 24, 2010 at 10:47

but MW2 ist great...its bored the hell out of me to be honest and I've stopped playing it...yet I still play COD4 on PS3 occasionally and have been fancying some WaW lately which was a lot of fun

ODB  Jun. 24, 2010 at 10:48

Perhaps the new Medal of Honor will take over the rains then...looking good so far

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