The lights are on
It seems like whether it wants to do so or not, Activision is going to be forced into announcing a subscription plan for Call of Duty due to the sheer number of constant rumors and analyst whispers regarding it. The latest adds an interesting twist, at least: Popular Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes StarCraft II could be getting a subscription service as well.
Speaking on the success of downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2 with Gamasutra, Pachter said: "We expect the company to announce plans to monetize online multiplayer content in MW, Black Ops, StarCraft II, and other games before year-end."
Pachter's implication is definitely that these games will be getting subscription fees of some sort, though it's worth noting that Blizzard already plans to "monetize online multiplayer content" to some degree through the introduction of paid user-created content in StarCraft II at some point in the future.
Personally, given that Modern Warfare and StarCraft II have both already launched with robust, long-lasting online experiences, I don't think many gamers would be pleased with the titles having subscription fees tacked on after the thought. I'm not sure what could be added to the games to make the subscription fees worthwhile, unless you were getting new maps every month. Even then...
Interestingly, Pachter also notes that, in his mind, most of the negativity surrounding Activision from the Infinity Ward exodus seems to be over. "Most of the negative news (including the Infinity Ward departures) is behind the company," he stated, suggesting that it's a fine time to announce these plans and give a bump to the publisher's stock.
Boo!!! I think the initial $60 is a lot of money, now they are making you pay more.
Are u shitti ng me who would pay to play a FPS really?
As much as I love Starcraft 2. If they put a pay per month thing on it, I'll stop playing. It would be absolute *** to do something like this for either title, now...
I really don't understand their logic in this. Subscriptions on anything but MMOs almost seems ridiculous. MW and Starcraft II are both really enjoyable games but if you put subscriptions into them Activision is going to lose more than half of their players.
If I have to pay to play black ops I wont be getting it.
they better not put subscriptions on MW2 thats the only fps i have right now
Finally my friends will stop playing call of duty and get halo.
Just keep these sorts of posts comin' I guess... for every site that posts something on this topic that is however many more negative comments floating around the internet about the company and the idea... hopefully they get the idea that no one would stand for it and save everyone some time.
Don't *** where you eat, Activision.
...and that is when I sell both of my games and look to not buy any future games from pay to play companies.
How can the charge for online game play when you buy the game and expecting it to be free. If they add a charge for something after I have already purchased it I will never buy another game from that publisher.
p2p is such a joke this plan better not be implemented into starcraft 2, it already feels like its missing ..something(might be the sour victory of the last mission on hard). As for a MW2 the bugs and exploits are inexcusable for a top tier game, the amount of content does not justify a p2p plan.
Activision will probably create a online service for ALL of their games, similar to an xbox live plan?(donno don't have an xbox) map packs and dlc might be priced lower in this case..
oh and i want patchers job
They won't charge you to just play online...there would be far too great of a backlash from the public.
Like Phil said, they will probably charge for DLC. Or even something like premium members getting access to more vehicles, maps, better servers, etc.
I think its a joke, but with such an amazing fan base, they really can do what they please at this point
If we're forced to pay to play we should be guaranteed lag-free servers. Otherwise I'm sure many people will find something else to play that does not have a fee to play, myself included.
They better not *** charge for Starcraft II.
not good, the games and dlc are already expensive.