A mysterious video appeared on YouTube yesterday, showing what looked like a subscription plan for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Well, you can breathe easy again, because Activision has squashed the rumors that came from the footage, stating that no membership model is planned for the series.
The publishing giant also concedes that what the video shows wasn’t a hoax, but an Xbox Live glitch. Says Activision’s Dan Amrich in this blog post:
“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. 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.”
Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling went one better, revealing on his blog that “There is not, and will never be, additional fees required to subscribe and play Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer.”
Hear that? Never. And quite right too.