Don't get too upset. It's cheap and it's not even essential for online multiplayer fun.
Today, as reported by the Wall Street Journal , Activision is preparing a "premium-tier subscription service," which will launch alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 this fall. This new service based on monthly fees will feature extra maps and a "free Facebook-like social network." Dubbed "Call of Duty: Elite," it will be developed by a newly formed internal studio, Beachhead, and will offer a "premium layer of content" for those willing to pony up the cash every month. But there's good news:
For the record, this doesn't mean they'll be charging you to play online; that will remain free for MW3. They're just talking about extra content, and even some parts of Elite will be free as well. Furthermore, Activision apparently expects the cost for the service to be less than Netflix's lowest-level service, which is only $8 per month. Besides, the fans will receive all sorts of cool stuff for that small fee: more map packs, for instance, and even "analytical tools that will allow players to gauge their in-game performance according to kills by weapon type and other factors."
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said Elite is designed to supplement the CoD experience and also emphasized that the multiplayer aspect will remain free.
Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3