During a recent Activision conference call the company took the time to outline its plans for 2011 releases. Games like Spiderman, Transformers, X-Men, and another entry in the Hero series are all slated to hit store shelves next year. Unsurprisingly, there was mention of another Call of Duty title, with much of the emphasis on the scale of the game.
“In the back half of 2011, we are launching a new, large-scale Call of Duty FPS title” said Activison CEO Eric Hershberg. Now without taking what was said out of context we can only look at what has been said by analysts for the past year. Wedbush Morgan Securities’ Michael Pachter for some time now has stated that the Call of Duty series would begin charging for multiplayer, and assumed it would happen with the release of Black Ops. There have been rumors about a Call of Duty MMO, which is likely not the case. There were also rumors about Activision charging for access to the Call of Duty multiplayer component. Either way, if you plan on paying the next Call of Duty title in 2011, be prepared to pay.
Following the earnings call, Pachter released the following statement on behalf of Wedbush Morgan:
“We expect Activision to announce plans to monetize multiplayer online some time in 2011, and expect greater visibility into the release schedule throughout the year. When we have greater visibility, we think we will be able to identify positive catalysts, and we fully expect to add Activision back to our Best Ideas List at that time.”
However it is also said that they don’t expect the transition to be all wine and roses either. What they are expecting is somewhat of a backlash from gamers and because of that same reason, for right now they are removing Activision from their “Best Ideas List” until they learn more about how the service will work.
If Call of Duty does in fact go subscription based will you be buying it or moving on? Let us know in the comments section!