Activision is getting a little fed up with not getting their slice of the microtransaction or “pay to play” market. Apparently this era of gamers getting a free ride has been bad for business or something silly like that. I sentiment is not lost on me, as you know, since I despise the “free to play” (what a scam) market myself. There has been much talk from Activision and Bobby Kotick lately about services like Xbox Live and the idea of using microtransactions or paying for an online service via a subscription.
“I would have Call of Duty be an online subscription service tomorrow.” – Bobby Kotick re: if he had one wish.
Well Bobby, let’s talk about that. I’m not totally against the idea. I pay subscriptions to many things. I can even see your point about Xbox Live monetizing on every game out there instead of the publishers getting the money. That does seem a bit unfair to me that there’s a middleman at work. Let’s talk about this idea of monetizing the multiplayer of the Call of Duty franchise.
I would not pay just to play the game. That’s ridiculous and petty to access the online feature alone. I would pay for their service if there were bonuses included and if the services rendered justified a subscription.
– The subscription should cover ALL of their online shooters and not a subscription to just one title (Black ops, MW2, CoD4, etc all on one subscription)
– Really great platform connecting their games
– Map packs released for FREE and on a regular basis
– Content packs including more guns and attempts at expanding their titles regularly
“I think we could do a lot more to really satisfy the interests of the customers. I think we could create so many things, and make the game even more fun to play. We haven’t really had a chance to do that yet.” [Source]
Go on. You have my attention.