Kotick Wants Call of Duty Subscriptions "Tomorrow"

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Kotick Wants Call of Duty Subscriptions "Tomorrow"

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Like it or not, Call of Duty is going to have a subscription service attached to it sooner than we might think.

Activision has talked about adding a subscription service to its Call of Duty franchise in the past, but now CEO Bobby Kotick is itching to make it happen soon. How soon? Tomorrow, if possible.

When asked by the Wall Street Journal what he would do with his company if he had one wish, he replied: "I would have Call of Duty be an online subscription service tomorrow. When you think about what the audience's interests are and how you could really satisfy bigger audiences with more inspired, creative opportunities, I would love to see us have an online Call of Duty world. I think our players would just have so much of a more compelling experience."

He left out that it would also generate millions of dollars, but that's pretty much implied. Kotick added that this kind of service is "hopefully" coming, and that he thinks "audiences are clamoring for it."

But this isn't just about making money, it's also about expanding the Call of Duty experience and creating something bigger, if Kotick's further comments ring true. He also said: "I think we could do a lot more to really satisfy the interests of the customers. I think we could create so many things, and make the game even more fun to play. We haven't really had a chance to do that yet."

It wouldn't be crazy to expect a subscription service somehow associated with the Call of Duty franchise sometime by the end of 2011 if the top dog of Activision wants it to happen "tomorrow." I'm wondering exactly what this would mean, though Kotick's comments hint that he wants a persistent world that is still experienced through consoles rather than PCs. You never know, the MMOFPS genre that hasn't typically lit the online PC world on fire could be a perfect fit for the millions of people playing Call of Duty on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Via: VG247

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and so it begins...

Kill him.

This can't go well.
This will loose them a lot of players.

time to leave CoD forever... it was a good time while it lasted.

Is anyone actually hyped about this?

This just in: Kotick = Satan.

Kotick also wants a unicorn, so hopefully he doesn't get anything, the rotten asscricket.

You can forget me playing another COD game if that happens.

What was that, Medal of Honour? Oh yeah:)

I want every person on this forum to send me $100 (or the equivalent in their currency) and I think it would be a compelling experience for them! :D

Another reason not to buy any more Call Of Duty games!

Which I've just added to the other 50 reasons I have.

Seriously, is anyone surprised by this? Activision is evil incarnate and Kotick probably eats lunch with Satan daily.

Haha, I can't wait to see the amount of people that stop playing because of this. A lot of my friends are "CoD and Fifa" guys (nothing wrong with that), but they'd never pay a subscription to play CoD.

Christ, the multiplayer isn't even that good anyway; I've never understood the fascination, it's hideously unbalanced and riddled with glitches.

So, force everyone to use your servers then charge them for using your servers....

Hahahahah.

No. Someone send Kotick back to his corner. He still hasn't learned jack squat about what gamers want. :/

The Ambrosian:
This can't go well.
This will loose them a lot of players.

Regretabbly, I don't think so. Enough lemmings people bought the mappack for $15. If even a fraction of those will shell out money every month, it'll be profitable.

Here's the thing, I won't pay money every month, not even for a real MMO. I can live comfortably without Activision games, and I'm sure the same is true for other people. If you disagree with shitforbrains Kotick, don't buy any more games from that idiotic publisher.

JEBWrench:
Kotick also wants a unicorn, so hopefully he doesn't get anything, the rotten asscricket.

Asscricket - that's the first time I've ever heard that word and it's had me in stitches. Though getting back onto topic, I don't think MS will allow Mr Kotick to get away with this. Seeing that one has to pay a subscription fee to play any kind of multiplayer over X-box Live. (Gold)

Such a measure will look bad for not only the CoD franchise, but this will directly affect X-box Live subscriptions, too. Because gamers will think something along the lines of "I'm not paying three times to play multiplayer. (Once, for the game, twice for Live and three times for Mr Kotick's personal subscription.)

Kotick also wished for another life time supply of pot. Why you ask? Because he used his last batch coming up with that idea.

Branching out into MMOFPS? I can't even stand MMORPGs, why would I go along with that? Most of the people I know that play CoD do so because it's so easy to just play and go "hurdur" to, and these "acquaintances" are the kind of rampant idiots that make up most of the fandom.

Although, knowing those people, they'd probably go along with it because it's glorious CoD. None of them even seem to have played the first one. Humph. I am grumpy.

Kotick is a cynic - he's betting that these idiots will lap it up.

I'm still waiting for the next cultural renaissance. Oh so patiently.

lol, Kotick must be insome bad company *wink wink*

The sad thing is, there will be enough people who will stay on cod and buy a subscription to make it worth Kotick's while.

I vowed to never buy another Activision game

I obviously can't do that with the Activision/Blizzard partnering.

But I won't buy anything else Activision is involved in!

I saw this coming.

Activision show how money hungry they are...

And besides, CoD MW2 was the best selling game ever apprently, they arnt short on money, not to mention the 10 map packs they robbed everyone with...

audiences are clamoring for it

Oh yes, everyone really wants to pay for something they have already payed for!

Really, did he do market research or make that up?

It's because of this I'm glad i've stuck with Medal of Honor over the years.

It's ok Kotick, I already lost interest in Duty, this just proves I was fortunate to leave the series when I did.

You know what the really pathetic part is, you just know there are legions of fans who will actually pay, this will turn a tremendous profit I blame the gamers for having no spine you let them suck the marrow from the bone of the industry like complaicent hosts.

Glad I never got into fps >_>

thethingthatlurks:

The Ambrosian:
This can't go well.
This will loose them a lot of players.

Regretabbly, I don't think so. Enough lemmings people bought the mappack for $15. If even a fraction of those will shell out money every month, it'll be profitable.

Here's the thing, I won't pay money every month, not even for a real MMO. I can live comfortably without Activision games, and I'm sure the same is true for other people. If you disagree with shitforbrains Kotick, don't buy any more games from that idiotic publisher.

The majority of people playing MF2 online are paying microsoft for the privilege, despite this being considered unnecessary on all other platforms. All Kotick has to do is convince people that paying a subscription is the norm, and people will forget that it can be done any other way.

I would never by this but my siblings are CoD Fanatics, the old CoD Community i knew and loved with Cod to CoD 2 is well and truely dead.

you could only get me slightly interested if this meant a small, monthly or yearly fee coupled with Persistant Updates, Maps, Co-Op missions ectera. If we pay them Millions i want my moneys worth.

If they are going to do something like this, they need to give us a good reason why. If this is followed by, say, an endless stream of free map-packs- paid for with the subscription money, see- then I can see some sense in it. Sorta like Blizzard's been doing with WoW all this time (providing constant updates of content for free, thereby keeping the user base happy).

But if this is just subscriptions for the sake of subscriptions, I have to laugh. People won't fall for that. Activision will lose even more customers, and drive them right into the arms of EA and their Medal of Honor/Battlefield combo.

Now that's a good point, let me think for a bit,
Oh wait never mind, that's absolute bullsh-

On a serious note, Kotick doesn't strike me as the kind of guy who exactly knows what the gamers actually want, and what they clamour for. So I am immediately inclined to take his whole experience enrichment speech with a fistful of salt.

SnootyEnglishman:
It's because of this I'm glad i've stuck with Medal of Honor over the years.

Even after Rising Sun?

So he thinks audiences are clamoring and want to pay monthly to play Call of Duty?

Is he high?!

Furburt:
Another reason not to buy any more Call Of Duty games!

Which I've just added to the other 50 reasons I have.

GRRRRR.
OT: This sucks. This really really sucks.
But, damn, they'll get a huge ammount of money from this.
I mean, did you see the sale figures for the MW2 overpriced map packs? Yeah.
Well, same thing here.
Not only is Activision fucking over the creators of my favorite franchise, it is now murdering the franchise itself.

I don't think he realises that most gamers are out to spend the least amount of money possible. While I'm sure there's dollar signs rolling in his eye sockets and nickel alloy clogging the arteries of his black burned out heart, he probably doesn't realise that this service will bite them in the arse and players will lost interest.

The fanbase for Call of Duty is already dwindling thanks to the removal of dedicated servers from MW2.

anyone up for some battlefield bad company 2 then?

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