Don't get too upset. It's cheap and it's not even essential for online multiplayer fun.

Today, as reported by the Wall Street Journal , Activision is preparing a "premium-tier subscription service," which will launch alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 this fall. This new service based on monthly fees will feature extra maps and a "free Facebook-like social network." Dubbed "Call of Duty: Elite," it will be developed by a newly formed internal studio, Beachhead, and will offer a "premium layer of content" for those willing to pony up the cash every month. But there's good news:

For the record, this doesn't mean they'll be charging you to play online; that will remain free for MW3. They're just talking about extra content, and even some parts of Elite will be free as well. Furthermore, Activision apparently expects the cost for the service to be less than Netflix's lowest-level service, which is only $8 per month. Besides, the fans will receive all sorts of cool stuff for that small fee: more map packs, for instance, and even "analytical tools that will allow players to gauge their in-game performance according to kills by weapon type and other factors."

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick said Elite is designed to supplement the CoD experience and also emphasized that the multiplayer aspect will remain free.

Related Game(s): Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

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Phoenix
Phoenix
9 years ago

And so it begins…

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
9 years ago

Well think about 360 gamers.. it's happening again haha Twice the payment now. Activision is going to be raking in the money from the 360 gamers.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Having to pay extra to get an advantage is pathetic, I hope this game bombs…. sadly we all know it wont…

Superman915
Superman915
9 years ago

well..uh.. at least that 'ELITE' logo is cool.

Kangasfwa
Kangasfwa
9 years ago

Really? I think it's ugly as sh**.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Throw in the fact Xbox Live costs you per month as well, playing COD to its fullest on the 360 makes no sense.

Miggy
Miggy
9 years ago

At least they'll make more profit off of this.

RadioHeader
RadioHeader
9 years ago

cool

parasitic
parasitic
9 years ago

I can see why they're doing it, it's a business for them, money is their highest priority.

I guess if normal COD online multiplayer isn't affected, I'm ok with that. I wouldn't pay a monthly fee for any game though.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It will be affected in that it will be empty.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Extra content likes maps is one thing. If it gives people an advantage over non-subscribers, then screw this game.

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
9 years ago

ahahaha!

To emphasise a free multiplayer?!

Sugar coated sh**.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I don't quite understand what you get other than free maps? The ability to track your stats? Halo: Reach (and Halo 3) have some of the best stat tracking available for online shooters and its FREE. Socom 4 also allows you to see how you did in recent matches.

Lame. If I get MW3 I def won't be getting this "service".

PANICinc
PANICinc
9 years ago

MAG and KillZone have some excellent stat tracking on their community sites. KillZone 2 gave you the ability to watch a replay of your matches!

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I didn't even know that about KZ2, but that IS awesome.

Darwin1967
Darwin1967
9 years ago

Actually, Call of Duty World at War offered the same thing. It was quite popular, then Kotex saw an opportunity, and voila…ELITE!

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

I feel like the free multipayer means 1 or two maps of the game, Become a member play all the maps that came with the game. What a rip off

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Yeah. I need to hear how many maps come with it. I kinda want to play the Single Player, so at this point, it's sounding like a rent.

I wonder if you need the membership to get all the trophies…….

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I think it's completely F'd, they don't release all the maps available with the purchase of the game. That's what is important for them as a company is sales. Nobody will have CoD elite without the game, so why make people pay for more maps a month, after buying your game? It's very greedy! If it was other content of some sort kind of how the PS plus works then ok, for instance early access to maps and such ( which I also wouldn't pay for, still a rip off). But to give a certain number of players access to more content, even though non subscribers still bought the game is very ridiculous.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

instead trying to make a new game, they go an extort money from us, I personally never liked activision

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I wouldn't pay a monthly fee for extra maps… I wouldn't pay a monthly fee for any game actually. That's why I havnt gotten into mmo's, it's why I didn't get DC universe. Although I really enjoyed the beta. But as of right now just for some maps and a few other commodities no way is a monthly fee worth it, and I love playing the games too… They are truly ruining the experience.

SvenMD
SvenMD
9 years ago

Yeah, I have a problem buying a game, and then continuing to buy the same game every single month, even if I don't play it.

I hate subscriptions in general….it really adds up after a while.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Yea, it's not like they are not making enough money off the $60 we pay for the game. O well can't stop em' now!

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
9 years ago

Well MMO's are quite different, you're paying a small subscription for server maintenance, the size of the servers needed to hold all these players at once and more. But then again people who play MMO's generally do nothing but play MMO's so they don't have to worry about money going elsewhere, any mmo i play is F2P only though so go figure.

Deathb4Dishonor
Deathb4Dishonor
9 years ago

Figures they would do something like this… I was planning to get the game but not this service… And if they give ppl with this service some sort of advantage over non subscriber, then forget this game and i won't be getting it

tramp
tramp
9 years ago

i actually kind of like this idea, and i think others should join in although on a bigger scale! okay for Activision to do this on such a big franchise, but i think if we had the Sony Elite pass, which would count every stat in a Sony game would be nice, i mean tells you your number of shoots across Killzones, Resistances, Socoms, how many mile u have drove in motorstrom or gt5, or them combined! all that type of stuff would be sweet! although the advantage for none subscribers should be toned down, a reasonable advantage i think would be telling the player hotspot in a level(like where u have died the most, what corners in a racing game u need to improve on) or just slight hint or tips, just so the player can improve on there skills not to just have an advantage which u didnt earn or work on to get better at.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

Alot of companies and game developers do provide stat tracking at no extra cost. Socom has stat tracking (although you currently can't access it because of the PSN outage) as do plenty of other shooting games. As far as these "analytical tools" I'm not entirely sold on that. Sounds like BS marketing jargon to me.

I understand it costs money to provide those services (which is why I'm greatful that companies like Bungie and Zipper do it at no extra cost) but ACTIVISION of all companies need to charge EXTRA for that? Come on, now.

coverton341
coverton341
9 years ago

Like Jimmy said, there are a large amount of games and companies that already provide this type of data for FREE… Maybe not to the full extent that this goes, or at least sounds like it goes, but they still do it.

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Hey hackers why for once don't you hack people that well, deserve it?

Activision should get hacked by hackers view of justice, but not gonna happen those people are a farce that sure gonna play and pay this subscription crap on their PC's or 360's.


Last edited by Oxvial on 5/31/2011 10:45:51 AM

Culoslap
Culoslap
9 years ago

Lol.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

Do people that replied realize the overall multiplayer will STILL be free, or did they just skim through the article and assume you now have to pay to play online? Honestly, I'm baffled. This is smart on Activision's part because they know the game will be popular and sell quite well. So why not offer extra (aka OPTIONAL) content and have the gamers pay for it if they want it? Easy way to make money. I'm not saying I like the idea, but I don't hate it either. I see it from their perspective, and they are doing the smart thing.


Last edited by Nas Is Like on 5/31/2011 11:05:41 AM

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Because is obvious they are testing waters, next step they gonna add all the cool things on the subscription package that should be on the main multiplayer.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

Well this is basically like a form of DLC, and people don't have a big problem with that. So why do they have a problem with this one?

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

They are doing the smart thing to make money, sure. But the problem lies with how greedy they are. When I purchase MW3, and I will, I will instantly feel ripped off knowing there are more maps available than what I paid $60 for, and that I'll probably never get to play because I won't pay monthly for that. It's one thing to release maps via DLC it's another to make someone pay monthly fee to get them. It's a ridiculous money scam and that's all it is. If you feel like you'll get your $60 worth, knowing full well to get the most out of MW3, a game you supported and love to play, you'll have to spend a monthly fee also, thats fine. But I won't be along side you advocating any such thing.


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 5/31/2011 11:12:50 AM

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

First off, NaS-NaS-NaS is the illest.

Now that that's out of the way….

I don't think anyone who posted here thinks that multiplayer will no longer be free.

People have an issue with this because 1) its Activision and 2) many people believe that paying for DLC (the free maps) and a subscription fee (for "analytical tools to help players gauge their in game performance") is ridiculous. Obviously the best way to b*tch about this sort of thing is to not sign up for it.

But how much more money does Activision need to hemmorage out of its consumers? A subscription fee would be somewhat acceptable if it seemed to offer something substantial to playing online.


Last edited by jimmyhandsome on 5/31/2011 11:13:12 AM

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

@bigrailer19

Fair enough, and some good points too. Like I said though, I don't like the idea either but I don't hate it either.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Its just too bad that to get more out of the game they require you to pay monthly, as if DLC, and yearly installments isn't enough, ya know!?!?

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

@Nas…I agree, they are doing the smart thing. At the end of the day…it's business and securing your wealth. Activision doesn't care about the consumer as far as money is concerned. And it's optional. I don't like it either, but I agree with their business practice though I don't agree with it as a consumer. Everything is about money and gaming is no different. So good to live in America…lol

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

GREEDY?…YES…BUSINESS SAVY?…YES….WISE PURCHASE?…NOPE

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

lol…

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
9 years ago

I seriously wonder what CoD will be like in 10 years.

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

Hopefully; gone.
or better.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero say it'll be the former.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

Kiss My @$$.

Never.

Vidius
Vidius
9 years ago

The only thing I pay online for is WOW. Nothing else. I'm not gonna dish out the 60 for MW3, when I know the game could have way more content than originally planned. Greedy Ccksuckers Antivisionated company. I fully support blizzard, but not their so called bast parent company.

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

Im not the first to say it:
meh.

however… actually no, thers nothing about this to tempt me. unless it gives me free burgers (mmm) no. tbh, not even then.
I was gonna say though, the online could use updates to give it more guns, i get tired of using the same old ones. because i try the others, use em til im blue in the face and then go back to the good ones.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

Zero interest.

That's all I got.

=^.^=

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

A subscription for extra maps? Not worth it in my opinion, I don't mind buying DLC, but this isn't worth it in my books.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

What concerns me yet more than this is Sony's support for the idea. Oh yes, Sony came out and said that it is likely that more companies will follow the Call of Duty: Elite route, but that it will only work for games with large fanbases. If they're right, who expects something like this for AC3, GT6 or Dead Space 3?

Also, it just seems silly. Other companies provide this content for free. Now, I could understand if it somehow improved the experience, but simply augmenting is should not be enough for people to pay for this rubbish.

Although I must say that I like the ambigram.
Peace.

DjEezzy
DjEezzy
9 years ago

Pretty much like putting out $15 DLC every few months. Since i have a hard time buying those, I don't think I'd go for this either.