Call of Duty Elite’s Subscription Service Could Send Players to Battlefield 3, says Researcher
Battlefield 3′s impressive display at E3 already blew Modern Warfare 3 out of the water, but the Call of Duty franchise’s upcoming optional subscription service may buy itself some bad press.
According to the latest research by Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, Activision’s shares will come under pressure when EA’s game is launched.
We expect EA’s game to perform exceedingly well, eclipsing the 6.5 million units sold by the last iteration, and think that Activision’s introduction of Call of Duty Elite (its premium subscription service) could cause a small number of loyal Call of Duty players to defect to EA’s game.
This isn’t exactly a shocker — any game that introduces more fees inevitably angers a portion of its fan base, regardless of promises that it is “TAKING NOTHING AWAY” from the non-subscribing customers.
Isn’t it funny how, in a world that is moving towards free-to-play MMORPGs, Activision has decided that more subscription services is the way to go? Although Call of Duty Elite promises not detract from the multiplayer experience of the non-subscribing customers, a portion of gamers may feel this is just Activision’s way of digging deeper into their pockets and switch to Battlefield 3 as a quiet form of protest.