"sad" and "really weird," they say.
They ask why aren't the huge profits from the series "evolving the game even more?" They're "amazing" games but over the last four was there "anything really new?"
"I don't agree with it. Right now, if they could, they'd charge 60 bucks, then 20 bucks a month for a map pack -- or even just one map -- and then $9 to upload game movies to YouTube," said Blacklight: Retribution lead designer Jared Gerritzen of Zombie Studios.
"They see this massive fan base, and why aren't they spending that money and evolving the game even more?" Activision caught 'subscription fever' ever since the Blizzard merger and they gained access to the huge World of Warcraft pot of gold.
"They're amazing games," he added, "but looking across the last four games, was there anything really new? That's the sad part. Think about if they tried to spend that money that they're trying to milk from the fans."
"It's sad. It's really weird. But there's always going to be that guy; there's always going to be the jerk." The game industry 'jerk', if you will, was rival publisher EA once upon a time but they've come a long way in repairing their relationship with gamers.
Is Call of Duty: Elite a senseless milking of fans? Zombie sure thinks so.