Again where do you people get this idea they are ditching friends code, or starting some new online service?
There has been no mention of this and Pay to Play seems to be more aimed at "extra content" like voice chat/DLC, than to be a higher end online service. Eaither way untill we get more facts people need to stop jumping to conclusions about the Pay to play service all they haev said so far is that "Some Games Will Have It In The Future" Not all of them! It's not like they are starting some kinda Nintendo Live service to supply your online wishes.
But it could be pay to play though, What that means who knows they say voice chat is going to be out this summer,and who knows if they will have some DLC on it aswell.