The oft-surfacing rumor of Activision's intent to incorporate a pay-to-play plan for the multiplayer portions of its Call of Duty
franchise sprung up once again yesterday, when a player reportedly captured video
of a hidden Marketplace item titled "Modern Warfare 2
Membership." The buzz was quickly quieted by a Tweet from Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling
, who stated, "nobody has to pay to play COD or MW2 multiplayer, nor will they."
A more thorough report
on the subject of Modern Warfare
subscriptions came from Activision's Dan Amrich, who explained, "This video shows just a glitch," further explaining, "since you can access a Live subscription renewal from within the MW2 game interface, it appears some data got jammed between two parts of Live." See, we always said some poor menu would fall into those cracks on the surface of Xbox Live Marketplace. Now we've gotta get it out. Denny! Denny, fire up the backhoe.