Whew. Some heated debate in there. Still a lot of fun. Either way, we got word from all three big parties involved here.
From Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling's blog:
To be clear: There is not, and will never be, additional fees required to subscribe and play Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer.
The video seems to show a user on what appears to be the Xbox Live Gold Membership renewal page via the Marketplace in the guide, but while in-game in Modern Warfare 2 (which is in error). It does not however, prove a pay-to-play subscription model is in the works for Modern Warfare 2, because no such plan exists for this or any other Call of Duty (including the upcoming Black Ops)
From Treyarch's Josh Olin's twitter:
No, you will not have to 'Pay to Play' #CODBlackOps Multiplayer either. Rumor -> Squashed.
From Activision's Community Manager Dan Amrich's blog:
There’s a video that made the rounds today of a 360 player getting a glitchy, incomplete message that uses the phrase “Modern Warfare 2? and half of the word “membership.” Uh oh — does this mean Activision will start charging for COD multiplayer? No, it does not.
This video shows just a glitch — 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. It’s not a secret portal to some nefarious plot to charge people for COD multiplayer — and there are no plans to do that.
IGN also got an offical comment from Activision:
Reports of a subscription membership in Modern Warfare 2 are not true. Activision has no plans to charge gamers to play Call of Duty multiplayer.
So there you have it. The video was of a glitch that can occur on rare occurrences and is actually the Xbox 360 Gold Membership screen.
Thanks to all that helped provide the updates.Original Story:
Well, it was rumored, and I had heard nothing from Activision officially, but it seems that an "oops" moment got caught on video. It seems this Online Pass business is catching on fire. This video comes courtesy of 360Junkies (external link).
From their forums:
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."
Here is the video:
Looks like I will not be purchasing the latest Call of Duty game.