Infinity Ward's community manager Robert Bowling "For the record, nobody has to pay to play COD or MW2 multiplayer, nor will they."the following last night:
Shortly after, Treyarch community manager Josh Olin "No, you will not have to ‘Pay to Play’ #CODBlackOps Multiplayer either. Rumor -> Squashed.":
At least this rumour can now sleep with the fishes, if only for a few years.