Although analysts have expected Activision to find a way to monetize the online portion of Call of Duty , the publisher has since gone on record saying they'd "never" do such a thing.

Still, rumors persist and now, a fairly reliable report of a "top tier" level of CoD multiplayer gaming has arrived: according to Kotaku citing Wedbush Securities analysts, Activision will soon unveil a new level of online multiplayer within the next three months. This is from the company's January 2011 newsletter:

"Activision remains a top pick, primarily due to the company's potential to create and monetize a second tier of multiplayer online gaming for its Call of Duty franchise," Wedbush analysts write in their January 2011 newsletter. "We expect this to occur during the first quarter of 2011."

Activision has been boasting about the $1 billion Black Ops and the 600 million hours logged online by fans, but it seems they're looking to take the next lucrative step. CEO Bobby Kotick has been talking about "the natural evolution of a property like Call of Duty into a massively multiplayer environment," which hints at similarities to MMOs like World of Warcraft . So while it may continue to be free to play CoD online, this new "tier" of interaction may offer special bonuses; it reminds us of the Plus membership for the PlayStation Network.

And because Activision is likely convinced that a great many CoD followers won't be able to resist the new online level, perhaps it's inevitable…

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PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

Just think of all the xbots who will not only pay for their internet but also pay for live and most likely a monthly fee to play COD online. I personally would rather light my money on fire then pay a monthly fee for COD.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

I'd rather keep the cash, money, paper.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

Well yes so would I but I had to make the choice, it would be to light it on fire.

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

I'm sorry but I would rather cut the money into tiny pieces and flush it down the toilet because pretty much thats where my money would be going.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

@TheShadow
That's nice and all but I just have this special relationship with fire 🙂

crunchy_nut_kid
crunchy_nut_kid
9 years ago

lol

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

@ paste2

that too would be better then payng for cod.

Milonakis
Milonakis
9 years ago

Now come on. Bobby Kotick is a desperate man. If we don't pay for cod online we're basically starving his family.

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

@ Milonakis

I know, "no lobster dipped in butter for dinner tonight.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

Like any MMO I won't pay a monthly fee for just one game. I wouldn't sign up anyways if I even had my COD anymore. Just traded it today. Been having to much fun with MAG.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

MAG is on my list… just got to decide when. At the moment I am messing a lot with Battlefield 2, love the destructible environments… having to always change tactics to make an attack or defense strategy work…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

I love MAG.

It doesn't have the destructible environments like BF, but it does have at a minimum, 32 v 32.

That changed the way I look at and play FPS online games.

COD's 6 v 6 (9 v 9) doesn't cut it anymore.

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
9 years ago

I don't know, I finally played BFBC2 online with a few of the crew from here last night, and though I enjoyed it, there is still something that I couldn't quite put a finger on that was missing…and reading this I've figured it out.

Now mind you I haven't played all game modes but there is a reason I haven't stuck with the online in KZ2, Warhawk, Resistance and other online shooters.

The answer? Socom: Confrontation Ranked Matches. Plain and simple I get bored with Re-spawn. Most online shooters have the same set-up. Run Gun Die..(not necessarily in that order) I haven't played Confrontation in a while and I hear that there is a now a problem with glitchers, cheaters and lag switches, but when it was actually running the way it was supposed to no online game has ever got me going like a round of elimination.

Your game changes a bit when you suddenly have to deal with the idea that if you die, you won't be re-spawning. You're out..Something about that concept makes for better gaming.

When everyone else suddenly realizes that the lone wolf method in an elimination doesn't work that well..It makes for really great gaming. As a result of the amount of time I've spent in Socom, I now find Respawn a little boring..You don't have to concentrate as hard.

I'll still keep playing, because we've got a solid group from this site to roll with, but that is less about your KDR and more about laughing your ass off…


Last edited by CH1N00K on 1/4/2011 12:25:36 PM

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

MAG is cod for adults

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL!

Doomsday!!!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Do they have any inside information on this? I certainly wouldn't put it past Kotex and the gang. There's a sucker born every minute, and COD attracts them like bugs to a bug zapper.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Like fly's on…

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Lols… World and Jawk!

So true… so true…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
9 years ago

They came up with yet another way to take more money from consumers?! I gotta read this…


Last edited by Bugzbunny109 on 1/3/2011 10:10:51 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I was hoping I'd stop hearing about "Tiers" once Medal of Honor was released.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Activision shall shed no "TIERS".

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

@Fathansun

especially when they see people paying to play with their PEERS.

(sorry if a little cheesy, couldn't help it

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

As Acti enters from the "REAR".

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

To all this 2nd "tier", all I can do is "sneer"

Xombito
Xombito
9 years ago

I rather buy BEER!

Jed
Jed
9 years ago

you are all such QUEERS.


Last edited by Jed on 1/4/2011 4:22:14 AM

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Activision is a gamer's FEAR!!!

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

lolwut.

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

this is all very WEIRD lol

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

You're beard is weird!

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

I am not surprised at all, inevitable OF COURSE.

thank god i got rid of COD, waste of money IMO.

Especially with killzone 3 next month 🙂

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

KILLZONE!

COD? What is that?

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
9 years ago

Yeah, what is this "COD" you speak of? My friend, I think you are still in the stone age.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

The oblivious masses who know nothing about quality gaming play lower quality but more popular games.

FPS' – Call of Duty over Killzone (would help if Killzone had split screen)

MMO's – World of Warcraft over Warhammer Online (my friend said Warhammer was faaar better)

Racing – Forza over Gran Turismo (seriously!?!? What's wrong with this generation?)

RPG's – Final Fantasy XIII over Demon's Souls (understandable since one has brand power)

… and so on and so on.

Look at the 360!!! Everyone bought one to play with their friends even though the PS3 is by far the higher quality console!!! Free online!!! A Blu-ray player!!! More quality exclusives!!! People pass this up just cos their good mate went cheap and got a 360, who's other good mate got a 360 the year it came out!!!!

I wouldn't be surprised if Sony announce a PS4 before the next Xbox, only a few little issues fixed on the PS3, bump up the RAM, new graphics card and multilayered blu ray support or holographic disc support and hey presto!!! PS4 only 150 bucks more than PS3!!!

Meanwhile, Xbox are trying to phase out discs and leave 70% of the gaming community out. I remember seeing an article about MS believing network and cloud-based gaming to be the future. HA!!! Look at how well On-Live did when IT came out.

And that Sony is working WITH developers to create the PS4 can only be a good thing. No mistakes like in 2006 and 2007. What doesn't kill Sony only makes it stronger!!!

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

COD>Killzone (yeah if i was crazy)

KILLZONE>COD (ah, there we go I'm sane again)

@dancemachine55

I believe killzone 3 does have split-screen.
Also I think more people (in Japan territory anyway) like Gt5 more then forza 3 but in north america, oh no, Forza>GT5, well i guess Honda>Mercadies right (and i mean a standard honda)

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Lol, I have a feeling that it will bring in loads of extra cash, but not as much as they think it will. I definitely won't be paying extra specifically for CoD online.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

Predication: At least 40% of COD players will buy into this.

Decline of COD. No time soon but every dog has its day.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

@Wreckless, I somewhat agree with your disagreement.

I did not specify "Blank Ops". (Intentional)

I actually mentioned the fact that there are multiple COD titles available in this current generation in my post below. The fact that they are virtually identical allows the possibility of Activision opening up this so called ONLINE TIER to all COD players. Thus creating an immense army of Call of Dutyvillagers.

Crazy? Yes! But Activisions recent comparisons to Facebook and other social networks makes me expect almost anything from Bobby Ko-fleas and-Ticks.


Last edited by FatherSun on 1/4/2011 12:02:47 AM

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

Or maybe they are going uphill? Who knows what dirty tricks these developers have up their sleeves?

Look at GT5, free goodies for all of us!
Anyway ever since I can remember, I've been buying a 60$ game and paying a little extra on DLC.

GTA IV
Battlefield Bad Company 2
Red Dead Redemption
Warhawk
Fallout 3
Socom US NAVY SEALs Confrontation
Little Big Planet
KILLZONE2
Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty 4
Call of Duty WORLD AT WAR

This has got to stop.
As far as im concerned, it should all be in that bad-boy blu-ray disk.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

It damn well better be an option. Unless Acti wants to finish what they started with the Infinity Ward debacle. Exodus of Devs followed by an Exodus of players.

I can see Activision now with a holographic model of the earth displaying all COD players along with others statistics and demographics as they ponder how to squeeze another penny from their unsuspecting prey.

Any COD title allowing access can jumpstart a COD MMO. Maybe we should stop. Don't want to give them any ideas.

FatherSun
FatherSun
9 years ago

If Activision creates a tier that can be accessed via any current gen COD title then they will reach Call of Dutyville levels. Even if they don't they can still create a significant income stream from this venture. How many players online? Whatever percentage of that amount that gets caught in this web multiplied by the amount they will charge monthly? Yearly? Dem sum pimps rite thurr.

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

In the next three months? That leads me to believe Activision thinks Black Ops can carry the series into this paid service.

They're dreaming.

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

So they want us to pay to play?
why?
What is wrong with them?

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Wish they made their own console and COD was their exclusive.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

OMG!!! Yes!!!

That would only leave QUALITY titles for the other consoles and separate the mindless masses from the true hardcore gamer!!!

And no more little high pitched screaming teens online screaming unnecessary abuse. Look at what MS and Activision have raised, look at the attitude they have encouraged our youth with. Disgusting!!

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
9 years ago

Lol, the Crapti-Box!

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

hahaha, they want MORE MONEY! Don't u guys already have enough dough to survive. Drop the price on ur damn map packs already.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Not if the mindless masses ONLY play one game, or only KNOW about one game, and it happens to be Call of Duty. Then, you can't blame them for buying the map packs becuase their money doesn't go towards quality games.

Okay, think of it this way, if you love playing with your friends online and they own a 360, you buy a 360 (or ask for one for Christmas) you will get a 360 over a PS3.
If all your friends play Halo and Call of Duty, you buy Halo and Call of Duty.
If all your friends bag out the PS3 for being lame and expensive, what are you gonna do?!? Risk your friendship or stick to your guns and find new friends who respect your opinion or agree.

Sadly, popularity pays its own price, and to be the popular kid doesn't always equal to being the best. It's like a High School social heirarchy, it's juvenile and only points out how childish or immature many gamers are. A sad truth, I know, but not always true.

It is because of these immature, ignorant and popularity seeking gamers that older and mature gamers have to fight tooth and nail just to be recognised as another medium for sophisticated and intelligent adult entertainment. (and I don't mean THAT kind of adult entertainment)

So long as one of your friend's buy the map pack, you will buy the map pack to play with them. Uncharted 2 opened the flood gates for PS3 popularity once again, so hopefully Uncharted 3 will create a swing effect in our favour.


Last edited by Dancemachine55 on 1/4/2011 6:54:47 AM

___________
___________
9 years ago

so how long till this cows bone dry?