Ever since Bobby Kotick went and shot his mouth off again, the gaming community wondered if a Call of Duty subscription fee were truly possible. Then someone posted a video on YouTube that made some people very nervous.
In the 30-second video, we see a message about Modern Warfare 2 membership, stating:
No memberships are available at this time. Please try again later.
Cue everyone freaking out and dumber-than-usual YouTuber comments. The stink the video (watch it here) raised was so great that Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling and Activision's Dan Amrich responded via Twitter and personal blog.
Turns out the message was just a glitch crossing the XBL renewal page with the MW2 game interface. According to Amrich, you and your children are safe:
It’s not a secret portal to some nefarious plot to charge people for COD multiplayer — and there are no plans to do that.
No need to worry about the subscription issue coming back with Black Ops either, as confirmed by Treyarch's Josh Olin. Activision also stated in an official statement to calm angry and misinformed CoD fans.
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.
Keep in mind that much of the gaming collective still thinks the subscription message is real. Doomsayers are still running rampant.