Analyst: Premium COD content announcement next year

Wedbush’s Michael Pachter has given up hopes of Activision announcing a premium multiplayer content scheme for its Call of Duty franchise in 2010. Not giving up the idea, he believes such subscription services will take “several more months to materialise.”

The analyst previously predicted that the publishing giant would be implementing additional fees for “tournaments, ladders, virtual items, etc, and offer up a monthly all-inclusive charge for those who prefer all-you-can-eat, while maintaining rudimentary multiplayer for free.”

Activision has kept quiet, though Wedbush still expects it to happen; “We expect Activision to announce plans to monetise multiplayer online some time in 2011,” Pachter’s told investors, “and expect greater visibility into the release schedule throughout the year.”

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