Is this the future of CoD multiplayer?


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DDevil
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I've been thinking (and yes, it hurt)...

Activision are on the record as saying they're keen on "monetising" multiplayer in CoD, yet they deny they will charge a subscription for it. Well what occurred to me is that there has been a rise in "Free-to-play" MMOs recently. Free to download and play, but if you want to level up past a certain point and access features/skills/join clans and so forth you have to pay.

A closer comparison would be Battlefield Heroes. In that game you pay to rent outfits and weapons. Or a larger fee to unlock permanently.

So in Black Ops they could charge for the ability to prestige, add clan tags, join parties and that kind of thing. Rentals could come in the form of buying the ability to use claymores for 3 days for 160 points and things like that.

Monetising without the need for subscription.
#1 at 19:55:50 - 11/08/2010
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A CoD thread without Hairy in it feels strange and scary to me.

Monetising it is fine if they substantially add something that hasn't been available for free for over a decade or if it replaces the 30-40 upfront charge with optional small payments. As it's Activision then it'll end up with both and still remove lots of features.
#2 at 21:05:52 - 11/08/2010
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This wouldn't work on 360 though as you'll have already bought your Gold sub, unless you're saying they'd allow it to work on a silver sub. In which case, they can FOAD and I'll just play MW2. Till prestige 10. Then I'll obsess over completing every challenge on every single weapon.

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#3 at 23:25:16 - 11/08/2010
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No what I'm saying is you would buy your Gold sub, buy your copy of Black Ops for 55 RRP, then pay an extra (for example) 160 to buy the use of a better weapon for a week. It's how Battlefield Heroes works, only that's free instead of 55.

Another example where things like this have already happened - NHL 11 has launched with something 93 stat upgrades in the marketplace. So +2 Goalie Reach for 160 points, +3 Goalie Reach for 240 points and so on. All available for use in MP. Here.

It's also been suggested they'll charge for the ability to upload replays. Although it may be like Skate 2 and Halo 3 where you just pay for extra upload space.

#4 at 00:05:59 - 12/08/2010
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HairyArse said:This wouldn't work on 360 though as you'll have already bought your Gold sub


Charges on top of charges aren't what stop Microsoft allowiong an MMO model on the 360
#5 at 00:08:19 - 12/08/2010
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Indeed, and everything I've suggested here already has prior examples in other games (mostly by EA funnily enough).

So it wouldn't be a subscription, it would just be a constant trickle of micro-transactions for MP items/features which MS are cool with.
#6 at 21:44:26 - 12/08/2010
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I'm happy for them to do this as long as it's something you can opt into for an advantage you'll eventually be able to earn for free anyway. As soon as they start separating premium from 'normal' customers though, they can get fucked.

For example, I like the EA model for Tiger Woods where you can pay for stats boosts. These don't give you anything you can't earn for free but they do speed things up. If on CoD you could pay for early access to claymore/C4/whatever, but be eventually able to unlock them for free, I can go with that.
#7 at 23:51:32 - 12/08/2010
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I think the whole thing needs a separate strategy from the usual "pay early to avoid having to, y'know, actually play the game and earn the perks and specialist items".

It's like the EA model of charging for everything from repairs to your car in NFS to gamer pics and themes. The more Activision seem intent on squeezing gamers, the less chips they seem to have to bargain with. At the moment Call of Duty is pretty much it (if you ignore those weirdos who are still paying for World of Warcraft, natch)
#8 at 10:15:47 - 13/08/2010

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