Since E3 2008, details on Sony and developer Zipper Interactive's highly ambitious shooter, currently named M.A.G.: Massive Action Game, have been scarce. As introduced by Sony executive Jack Tretton, MAG promises to unleash 256 players into a battlefield, divided into eight squads as they go all-out in an online warfare.
Now, TheBitBag claims via information found on a Sony newletter that the massive title will require a subscription fee for playing. The newletter links to a survey for recipients, inquiring "at least 15 questions related to payment plans for [MAG]". If the statement indeed refers to MAG, then the title would be the first online shooter on the PS3 that requires players to hand over a disclosed amount of sum (monthly or so) in order to play--much like an MMORPG. In comparison to MAG's insanely promising amount of supported players online, Insomniac's anticipated shooter sequel, Resistance 2, supports up to 60 players--with no extra charge to play online.
Considering the tidbit of details disclosed by Sony, we're going with the same conclusion as Gamespot: It's really too damn early to tell. But, due to the title's staggering amount of player support, technical demands could change things. Also again, MAG's gameplay mechanics is quite similar to the online shooter, Battlefield, which supports rankings and a chain of commands within players...but it doesn't support 256 players. What do you think?