There’s been a fair bit of discussion lately regarding the pros and cons of charging people to play the online content of a game. The main focus of these discussions always seems to fall on Activision, Bobby Kotick and the Call of Duty franchise – mainly due to various comments Kotick has made in the past.
Well, an interesting thread has started up over at 360 Junkies where a poster has claimed the following;
“I was trying to join a friend’s session on MW2 the other day and had this screen pop up. It clearly says at the top of this menu: “Modern Warfare 2 Membersh”, in which we can confidently assume that the last word is “Memberships”. If you’ll notice at the bottom is an option to “Add Microsoft Points”, clearly indicating that this was intended to be a menu for purchasing different levels of Membership, presumably memberships would have been offered in a variety of durations.”
By the sounds of it the guy has been met with a mixed reception so he has uploaded the following video to back up his claim;
Now I’ll be the first to admit, I’m certainly no Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 fan – but I’ve done a bit of digging to see if this ‘membership’ could just be something related to an in game item, but it doesn’t seem to be. Of course, this video could very well have been doctored so I’m wearing my big fat rumour hat until I’m told otherwise.
UPDATE: Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling has said the following via Twitter;
“Modern Warfare 2 subscription plan rumors going around. For the record, nobody has to pay to play COD or MW2 multiplayer, nor will they.”
The YouTube video is being called a glitch where the screen has gotton stuck between the Modern Warfare 2 screen and the Xbox Live renewal service.
Source: PwnShop at 360 Junkies