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Monday, May 30, 2011

Activision Drops Greed Bomb On Call of Duty Fans

Posted by Earnest "Nex" Cavalli on Mon, May 30, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Like Call of Duty?

Like paying for Call of Duty?

Activision sure hopes so.

Quickly now: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 hits consoles later this year. Call of Duty: Black Ops (the last game in the series) earned more cash than any other game in history. Activision, being the company that milked the Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk series' respective teats until both were raw and bleeding, has decided that pulling down $60 from each game purchased just isn't enough for them and has unveiled a plan to punch you right in the wallet.

It's called "Call of Duty Elite," and according to a controversially early report from the Wall Street Journal, Activision "plans to charge a monthly subscription fee for the service, which will provide extra content that isn't offered on game discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs that give players new Call of Duty levels to play."

Tl;dr version: If you wanna play everything the game offers, you're going to be paying for it, repeatedly.

More details on the service and game itself will likely slip out as we approach MW3's November 8 release.

(Yes, I realize I've used that trailer before. It's a good trailer. It likes you, why don't you like it?)

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