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"Multiplayer - Free With Call OF Duty: Black Ops"

NowGamer explores the implications of Activision making Black Ops the last free multiplayer element in the Call Of Duty series. With Battlefield now offering a Free To Play model, what's stopping Bobby Kotick from making CoD a similar paid-for service?

"The potential answer is actually all around us today. Imagine, if you will, a Call of Duty title that follows a similar format to EA’s Need For Speed World; a free to play MMO that lets players rank up to a certain point absolutely free of charge. Then say that you’re having an absolute blast shooting other players, engaging in witty banter with your mates over chat and levelling up your perks but then suddenly, Activision plays its ace."

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ramza042083d ago

I'll never touch another CoD again if they so much as charge me a penny to play multiplayer in an FPS game.

Imperator2083d ago

That would be bad, especially for 360 gamers who are already getting ripped off by MS with Live. Well, they do like to pay for stuff that is literally FREE on every other medium.

AAACE52083d ago

I laughed when I first saw that on the bottom of the screen when I first played the game! I guess that was their big F'you to those who thought they would charge for multiplayer!

I don't care either way, but it was just funny to me!

ddelella2083d ago

This model would easily halt sales in there tracks. Yes there would be idiots out there who would pay $10 to get a higher rank. Then there are the smart ones who would just switch to a better game which is free like Halo. Halo has less hackers, less glitches, a better party system, more dynamic playlists, etc. The reason people like COD is the pace of play, unique game types not offered in other games, and the multitude of weapons and attachements. Too bad Bungie didn't pick up the attachment idea. Activision is probably just putting these ideas out there to gain feedback. They have a history of ruining franchises so I would not be suprised to see them run the COD name into the ground.

PyReX-2083d ago

You still have to pay $50 a year to play so its not free anyway.

Truth2083d ago

If this ever happened, I would say that desperate times called for desperate measures at that point. Gamers would need to rise up, storm Activision, nail Bobby Kotick to a cross and drag him through the streets so all developers and CEO's of these companies could see what happens when you **** with your lifeblood. Us gamers. /s

But no really. I'd at least $h!t in his cornflakes.

Bnet3432083d ago

Gamers would stand up, but people who have money won't give a toss. If you a rich superstar, you'll buy everything.

sketch2083d ago (Edited 2083d ago )

I thought the "Multiplayer: Free with every copy" statement was a potshot at EA for charging to play online with used copies of their games where online is free with CoD regardless if the game was new or used.

Forbidden_Darkness2083d ago

That's what i was thinking too lol

But if Black Ops is the last free online game, then it'll be my last Call of Duty game. That would be sad, because i dont want to be playing Black Ops forever. We'll just have to see if Activision is dumb enough.

enkeixpress2083d ago (Edited 2083d ago )

Having to pay moolah to play future CoD game's Multiplayer = Not buying future CoD games anymore.

That's how nearly all CoD gamers feel right now.. Nobody likes paying for something that they already get for free.

Convas2083d ago

Well, I only have Black Ops, so if they start charging to play the next COD, I'll drop it like it's hot too. XD

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