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Next COD gets premium online features

by Ben Parfitt

New title to use dedicated Beachhead online tech; Premium online features confirmed

Activision has confirmed that its 2011 Call of Duty game will be revealed in full within weeks. But one detail has been announced – COD 2011 will be the most online-enabled Call of Duty title ever.

It will use a range of dedicated online technologies and social networking features that are currently being developed at mystery studio Beachhead.

CEO Eric Hirshberg described the new initiative as as "online platform" that "will be an integral part to the innovation signature of the Call of Duty game that we're releasing this year".

The biggest news, however, is confirmation that for the first time Call of Duty will offer players additional online features at a premium. Whether or not this will turn out to be the long-rumoured subscription service remains to be seen.

"We haven't yet released the details of the business model of Beachhead," Hirshberg told investors, as translated by Seeking Alpha. "You'll certainly see [further online monetisation]. That is a response to the patterns that you're talking about.


"The passion that people have for the game, the amount of time they're willing to engage with one another in a connected way. Our goal has been to create an experience that was amplifying enough and energising enough and igniting enough to that community to be able to be monetized."

Boss Kotick, however, was keen to emphasise that players will never have to pay extra to receive they services that they do today.

"The Beachhead initiatives will be part of that this fall," Bobby Kotick added. "We think we'll reset the bar once again for that genre and that franchise.

"While we are attempting to deliver new incremental experiences that have yet heretofore been unseen by our players, we are not attempting to monetize or take any experience away that currently comes as part of the value proposition of buying the game."

It's also possible that we could even see a break with the standard annual release model, with a purchasable disc release used as the point from which digital expansions – perhaps spanning more than a single year – can be added to.




This is technically my first forum thread, but I didn't see any threads made about it and I thought it was urgent.

My opinion on this is moot since I will not be buying the game (I'm going broke with all the games this year), but I kinda want to hear VGChartz's opinion on this.

My first thought when I read this was "Is this April 1st?"

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I'll pay if it get rid of 13 year olds who keep screaming during matches... >_>


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The only COD I've bought is MW2, and if this is true; then it will remain the only I've ever bought

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Lol, Activision can't be beat at exploiting their games. First overpriced DLC, now this!

786_ali said:

The only COD I've bought is MW2, and if this is true; then it will remain the only I've ever bought

Why? Because it has premium content for people who want to pay for that kind of thing?


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Don't they say that about every new COD?

What the hell are activision smoking on their piles of gold?

doesn't affect my desicion, I still won't buy this garbage

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I was wondering if Activision would create their own online pass of Modern Warfare 3, had completely forgotten about their idea of the subscriptions. While I support the online passes, I would not got for the subscriptions. Still, won't affect me as I will opt for Assassin's Creed yet again (which for me will make it Assassin's Creed 4-0 Call of Duty).

hahahahaha, tough luck, Im glade I hate Call of Doodey!!!