Previously on Activision, 360 junkies put up a video of what looked like a subscription service for Modern Warfare 2. That was quickly debunked by Treyarch and their publisher though. However, analyst Michael Pachter believes that there may still be more.
"Activision won't require people to pay for multiplayer, but I think that they will find a way to offer a premium experience for a fee, whether that takes the form of subscription, pay-as-you-go, microtransactions for virtual goods, tournament fees or some combination.
"I am confident that the company will continue to move in the direction of extracting more revenue from gamers. In my view, Activision is motivated to charge for multiplayer, has a window of opportunity to do so, and can extract greater profits if it imposes a charge."
Of course this would probably spark some kind of revolt among gamers and Pachter isn't expecting anything less, "Some consumers will likely revolt, but giving full credit that the blogs, tweets and statements are true, virtually everyone will be able to continue to play for free, and only those who wish a premium experience will pay for it, with an opt-in model."
We'll wait for word from Activision on Pachter's prediction.