Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 to Get Online Subscriptions?
Update: Infinity Ward has now http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=217788 to the rumor, as follows:
Speaking through its http://forums.infinityward.com/viewtopic.php?p=720244#p720244, the developer told fans that in Modern Warfare 2 "multiplayer will always be equal and free for everyone as always."
Future Call of Duty games could come with an MMO-style subscription service, granting subscribers extra options and early access to map packs.
That's according to a mysterious Activision survey doing the rounds on http://www.destructoid.com/rumortoid-activision-creating-a-service-for-call-of-duty-135924.phtml, which mentions a CoD service that would "enhance the multiplayer experience and provide exclusive access to a group of gameplay enhancements."
These "enhancements" would include early access to expansions and betas, exclusive character skins, game modes, enhanced stat tracking and "support for competitive play."
According to the survey, the MMO-style service may come with a monthly fee attached, or it could come bundled with a copy of Call of Duty for an extra fee.
Hopefully then, if this service ever comes to light, it's simply a bonus for Call of Duty players willing to pay for more content... and not just another way to make money from the community.