Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer will be free

Modern Warfare 2 will not have a subscription fee.

Infinity Ward recently excused themselves from Activision’s possible plans to tack MMO-like subscription fees on to the Call of Duty multiplayer component. In response to the supposed Activision survey we unearthed last week, Infinity Ward community manager Robert “fourzerotwo” Bowling flatly told official message board users not to worry about extra charges in Modern Warfare 2 because, well, Infinity Ward would “never introduce” them.

“This rumor has absolutely nothing to do with Infinity Ward or our games, including Modern Warfare 2,” Bowling wrote. “We would never introduce such a system for Modern Warfare 2, so don’t worry. Multiplayer will always be equal and free for everyone as always.”

The survey we unearthed last week suggested multiple multiplayer enhancements for either a monthly fee or an initial purchasing fee. According to the survey, the MMO-style service would “enhance the multiplayer experience and provide exclusive access to a group of gameplay enhancements.” This includes early access to expansions and betas, and exclusive access to character skins, enhanced stat tracking, game modes and even “support for competitive play.”

Infinity Ward isn’t biting, but will Treyarch? We’ll see, I’m sure.

[via CVG]

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