Mere days after financial analyst Michael Pachter commented that the games industry needs to start thinking about adding subscription plans to multiplayer games - namely Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - a video has surfaced showing an alleged membership plan for the popular first-person shooter.
The video, as shown below, was recorded and uploaded by a member of 360 Junkies. The original forum post is accompanied by the following text:
"I was trying to join a friend's session on MW2 the other day and had this screen pop up. It clearly says at the top of this menu: "Modern Warfare 2 Membersh", in which we can confidently assume that the last word is "Memberships". If you'll notice at the bottom is an option to "Add Microsoft Points", clearly indicating that this was intended to be a menu for purchasing different levels of Membership, presumably memberships would have been offered in a variety of durations.
"I don't want to see the day that we start having to pay a monthly fee for online play, as we already pay for our internet connections and XBL subscriptions. The CoD franchise has brought XBoX (sic) so much revenue that it would seem they wouldn't want this either, but apparently they went as far as to make a menu for it.
"I could be totally off base with this theory on what purpose this menu was intended to serve, but it seems a likely path for Activision to take."
Could the video be fake? Numerous YouTube users seem to think so, but only time will tell.