Rumour: Call Of Duty Online Reveal Nears

By Jim Rossignol on May 6th, 2011 at 8:11 pm.


UPDATE: Our informants tell us it’s some kind of stats tool. BORING!

Something’s happening in Call Of Duty world! Our sinister agents have picked up some information about Activision preparing to make a major announcement regarding the Call Of Duty franchise, and it sounds like the PC could be at the heart of it: Call Of Duty Online. We understand that the “online solution” Activision have been hinting at might finally be ready to be shown to press. No other details now, but I’m going to speculate that this is Activision’s big move against EA’s Battlefield Play4Free and the like.

Will it be a browser-based shooter? A free-to-play MMO? A side-scrolling beat ‘em up? We’ll find out soon!

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73 Comments »

  1. Acorino says:

    Sound like big boring news, alright!

  2. doeke says:

    After years of Call of Duty offline, they are now finally implementing a multiplayer version? Maybe you can even shoot other people over the internet.

    • mlaskus says:

      Don’t be silly, we all know that’s crazy talk. Who on earth would like to do that? No one, that’s who!

    • airtekh says:

      Multiplayer manshoots? Poppycock I say!

    • Michael Hoss says:

      Actually THAT WOULD SHOW US! (to bring back a good old insider)

    • President Weasel says:

      Feh, they released a patch for CODBLOPS that made it unplayable for me. Then they just… left it.
      I shall be getting my manshooterings from other companies in future.

  3. paterah says:

    I’m almost certain I’ve read somewhere before a Call of Duty online version being developed for the Asian audience.

  4. omicron1 says:

    But… but… how will they sell expensive yearly sequels, then? Will they have to focus entirely on singleplayer?

    • Defiant Badger says:

      Focus on singleplayer!? Are you mad? Well… perhaps that’s a little excessive but what I mean to say is that Activision definitely would make who ever is developing these games to include multiplayer.#

      Edit: Oh dear, it would appear my sarcasm detectors are broken.

    • pl4t0 says:

      Microtransactions.

      Remember how LOTRO doubled its revenue by going F2P?

    • mpk says:

      LotRO is awesome. I bought a hat with fake money!

    • Daiv says:

      Microtransactions in Call of Duty?

      “Aaargh! Soap! The terrorists have launched a nuclear missile! Again!”
      “Oh no! There is an infinite number of terrorists between us and the console with a big red conspicuous ‘press to save world’ button, but we’ve run out of bullets! And we’re dangerously low on exclamation marks!”
      “Hold on, Soap! We’ve found a shop! Lets buy some more ammo! You brought your credit card, didn’t you?!”

    • DrGonzo says:

      Is it really that hard to double fuck all though?

  5. kalidanthepalidan says:

    side-scrolling beat ‘em up! side-scrolling beat ‘em up!

  6. trooperdx3117 says:

    An mmo might be novel in the angry war in the middle east CoD setting. I can picture the quests already:
    “Go collect twelve terrorist turbans to level up” how amazing would that be?!

    • Premium User Badge Keymonk says:

      … okay, I think I might try that out for the laughs.

    • MrWeed says:

      And the starting area would be an airport in which you shoot unarmed civilians to level up.

    • Arglebargle says:

      Can’t have that! Must have a campaign where your foes are appropriately named ‘Opposing Forces’…..

    • MrWeed says:

      I’d also like to see Bagdad as a PvP area!

    • Raiyan 1.0 says:

      Turbans will be to CoDFree what hats are to TF2.

  7. Grey_Ghost says:

    Winter is coming.

    • Teddy Leach says:

      You just reminded me that I’m not going to see a new Game of Thrones episode for several days. THANK YOU FOR THAT.

    • Creeping Death says:

      It is a rather painful wait, isn’t it? :/

    • Joshua says:

      Its not as painfull as the wait for the new book.
      Although soon we can Dance with the Dragons! :D.

  8. Teronfel says:

    Call of Duty Free

  9. Napalm Sushi says:

    Manthrows: the new manshoots?

    • mpk says:

      Or a masturbation sim.

    • moyogo says:

      Like dodge ball, but you have to throw players at other players. So constant cat and mouse trying to pick someone up / not let yourself get picked up. I would play it.

    • Durkonkell says:

      Moyogo: I would also play this. Somebody make it.

      Then perhaps someone from Valve will play it, hire you and in Portal 3 we’ll have to chase other test subjects and hurl them to complete objectives…

  10. Pantsman says:

    They’re probably going to go after some of those Portal 2 dollars and make it a puzzle platformer.

  11. P3RF3CT D3ATH says:

    How about no.

  12. Kaltano says:

    Clearly it will be a facebook farming game where you harvest everything by throwing a knife into it’s eye.

  13. KindredPhantom says:

    Perhaps it is some new kind of DRM to be used in future PC versions of Call Of Duty.

  14. bigtoeohno says:

    RPS just got sourced by IGN covering a call of duty exclusive. I recommend strapping ourselves in this could mea we’re about to get inundated

  15. godkingemperor says:

    WoW with guns

  16. Daiv says:

    Is this their version of Ubi-uber-DRM? Call of Duty: You Have To Be Online To Play?

  17. Colthor says:

    Hmm… Isn’t “free to play” pretty much the antithesis of Activision’s philosophy with Call of Duty?

    Or just of Activision’s philosophy.

  18. CountMippi says:

    If I see the term “manshoot” one more time I’m putting a shotgun barrel in my mouth.

    Yes, I’m aware of the irony.

    • mpk says:

      So… are you just going to sit there for a while? I mean, once you have the shotgun barrel in your mouth, what’s the plan?

    • Nick says:

      there are safer things to practice fellatio on.

    • DrGonzo says:

      Yeah, I’m finding it irritating too.I don’t see how it is funny.

    • Urael says:

      How about you come up with better then, gents, rather than just expressing irritation? What would you see in its place? Fellafrags? Bloke-Deadening? C’mon, light those creative fires!

  19. DiamondDog says:

    I think it’ll be great.

  20. theleif says:

    Misread the headline as: Call Of Duty Online Reveal Nerds.
    And i thought how? Surely, a real nerd like me would never play a COD game? Except the first two, of course. So maybe that’s how we are revealed! And then i read the article. Then i reread the headline.
    Anyway, they’ve got to us. Emergency meeting tomorrow at the docks. No splinter nerds allowed.

  21. passingstranger says:

    In all seriousness, this could be a deviously profitable venture for EA. Granted, this leaves all of their console fans out in the cold, but I’d bet a lot of their rabid PC fans would be chomping at the bit to spend a little money here and there to get an edge over the competition. If Battlefield Heroes can be profitable even with its fairly apparent flaws, I bet an (admittedly) tightly designed shooter could just clean up given the right payment model.

    How EA will react when someone eventually tells them that you typically can’t make a sequel to a free-to-play game like this is anyone’s guess, however.

  22. Davie says:

    I am so, so tired of [Game Name] Online. No other genre so regularly feels the need to assert itself in the titles of its games. Incidentally, games with this sort of title seem to flop, pretty regularly.

    • Rii says:

      Well there was that whole ’3D’ thing back in the late 90s…

  23. remover says:

    Could we, just for once, have a COD multiplayer game where the maps feel like they’re larger than a shoebox?

    I am so sick and tired of this multimillion dollar crap that SOMEHOW sells millions of copies, yet plays like games made in the 90s – and looks like it too. We’re BEYOND all that. Give us awesome beautiful large maps full of space for tactical maneuvers and exploration and ambushes… no more people playing “sniper” in maps that are no larger than the size of most people’s backyards where anyone on the map is within pistol range almost at all times.

  24. sexyresults says:

    No hats no sale

  25. Lacobus says:

    It’ll be monthly subscription service surely? Koticks been interested in those dollars ever since he looked at the numbers for Wow. It has bad and good implications for sure. Bad= money. Good = constant map packs, game updates, maybe special events, tournaments.it may be the change cod has needed for a while…

  26. alilsneaky says:

    Combining the cod community with the average f2p community?
    Are they trying to create the halfwit singularity?

    This is another one of those things that if you had told anyone ten years ago (cod online) and explained the concept to them, they would have spat out their coffee and laughed until you closed your mouth and stopped talking.

  27. Baboonanza says:

    World of COD!

  28. Yosharian says:

    Hopefully this will be the end of the COD franchise as we know it

  29. juandemarco says:

    I would be content with a multiplayer only version containing ALL the maps from ALL the previous chapters. And maybe finishable zombies levels. Lots of them.

  30. Zarunil says:

    Snoozefest of Yawns: Comatose Online. Bound to sell a quadrillion copies, regardless.

  31. Urael says:

    Jim, never have I decried your inability to comment on RPS images more than in this case where you passed up on writing something witty about THAT screenshot.

  32. Aldehyde says:

    Hopefully this online solution will work as well as their IW,net. It made it so much easier to connect and play in groups. No problems in connectivity at all. Nope. None!

  33. Dakia says:

    Activision and F2P!?!?!

    LOL