Like it or not, Call of Duty Elite is coming and now we have some official details along with an estimated start date for the beta.

If you visit the freshly launched website , you can sign up for the initial closed play test, which is scheduled for "this summer." Obviously, Modern Warfare 3 won't be out at the time, so the beta will be in place for Black Ops ; in the future, Elite will work with all CoD titles. For the record, this new subscription-based service has been in development for two years under the name of "Project Beachhead," and project director Noah Heller said the beta will "roll out in waves," which means more gamers will have a chance to join as time goes on. Yes, the beta is free.

The service itself also offers several free bonuses alongside the premium content. To reiterate, though: you don't need to be an Elite member to play any CoD games online. Online play remains free. And while we don't have the exact features offered by the new service right now, we do have in-depth explanations from Activision:

Connect: Call of Duty Elite gives players unprecedented control over their multiplayer experience, transforming it into a true social network. Players can compete against friends, players of similar skill levels and players with similar interests, join groups, join clans, and play in organized tournaments. They can also track the performance, progress and activity of their entire network, both in the game itself, as well as through mobile and web interfaces. Elite will be an "always on" way for players to connect with the Call of Duty community.

Compete: Call of Duty Elite establishes the most exciting, competitive environment in a multiplayer game. Players will have available a constant stream of events and competitions, tiered to group them with those with similar abilities. Both in-game and real-world prizes will be rewarded to all skill levels.

Improve: Call of Duty Elite is like having a personal online coach. It provides players with a dynamic strategy guide that tracks their statistics and performances down to the most minute details. It can show gamers how they stack up against their friends or others in the community. Tools and information are provided so players can learn and up their game.

Elite will also be accessible on the web via PCs, smartphones, tablets and other connected devices. If you're a CoD fan, it seems you can't possibly pass it up.

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

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Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

It's coming…but it's not too late to stop it.

Edit: The concept sounds great, but I don't know if it will be worth the monthly subscription. Probably not.


Last edited by Nas Is Like on 6/1/2011 10:32:58 AM

BeezleDrop
BeezleDrop
9 years ago

You know it isn't worth the money, this is a giant slap in the face to CoD Fans. Like Activision/Kotick need a couple more million dollars to fund the most overrated series of The Next Generation.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

See… that is the kind of multiplayer content the "world's best selling multiplayer game" should be offering to begin with. With those organized tournaments, I'd definitely be more likely to play CoD more faithfully, but dude… a monthly subscription???

I don't think so. They release a new game every year anyways. Why do they need monthly support?

I'm out.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 6/1/2011 10:39:27 AM

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Nothing, I mean nothing on that list is worth a monthly service fee.

erislocker
erislocker
9 years ago

meh…
i dunno. doesn't seem to be grasping my immediate attention. while it seems logical, I'm just tired of FPS for the most part. I'll probably still buy MW3, but i think I'm ok with the free content…
only way I'd be paying is to get access to something i really need…

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

The concept IS really cool. And I can't name a game that does offer all of those features in its entirity as Elite will apparently do.

That being said, there is no way I will be signing up for a MONTHLY subscription for this or any other game. These are features that the developer should provide (at no extra cost) throughout the life of a game if it truly wishes to develop an online gaming "community". Lightbox Interactive is already talking about how they plan to hold tournaments and have clan features for Starhawk. And I'm 99% certain they won't try to charge a monthly fee for those services. Not to mention that nearly every shooter I have played on consoles offer some sort of stat-tracking on its developers' website. I don't need to pay extra for a "personal online coach" that shows off basic line-graphs of my K/D ratio.

Maybe it seems like I'm b*tching more than I should about this, but I really think this is bad for consumers and the online gaming industry. This will undoubtely be popular, as someone mentioned in the last article, it will sell on peer pressure alone. This is taking the concept of DLC (which already ruffles plenty of gamers' feathers) and adding a monthly subscription element to it. Its success will unfortunately bring "copy-cats" for other popular shooters. I really hope that this does not become a trend amongst developers looking to extort as much money as they can from their customers.


Last edited by jimmyhandsome on 6/1/2011 10:52:16 AM

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

I agree, the concept has potential, but I feel there needs to be more offered for a monthly fee.

As I see it, it's just Activision milking the COD cow.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I don't think you're b*tching, Jimmy. I think your concerns are probably spot on.

Lots of people already see CoD as "revolutionary". I think you're right. If this is popular, it will affect the gaming community as a whole.

I'm with you on this one.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I know. I think it would be very unfortunate if it does catch on.

I remember when "map packs" were first revealed as DLC for Halo and how pissed people got. Now nearly every genre of games have DLC. It'd be a shame to see developers try to incorporate monthly subsciptions for features that should be part of the whole package.

slugga_status
slugga_status
9 years ago

This is comical to me. You want people to pay money for things that should be standard…Not even worth it..

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

yup!

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Yeah…well…I shall be too busy playing inFamous 2, the Uncharted 3 beta and White Knight Chronicles 2.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

Pretty much done with all activisons games for me really…the only game liked that they published was wolverine origins.

Eld
Eld
9 years ago

Price of success…

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

More like the result of success.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

More like the milking of success!

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

Biker saints right…

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

Well, Activision is going to make an obscene amount of money from something many other games offer for free.

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

Such as quality.


Last edited by Zorigo on 6/1/2011 12:11:01 PM

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

A beta? I thought Activision just put out COD and didn't give a crap if it was broken or not. Maybe they learned from the last 2 mistakes.

This monthly subscription is a joke. If this works for them just think of all the other games that might try to follow this. This would be bad for gaming. Whatever at least I know they won't be getting any of my money as I didn't plan on buying the crap they'll put out anyways.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
9 years ago

The subscription will be the beta, as far as I understand.

DazeOfWar
DazeOfWar
9 years ago

That does sound like it could be. If they get this to work next year they may just make it a standard and be the only way to play COD online.

EMax
EMax
9 years ago

Let's make an international legion of rude, obnoxious, swear-a-second, itchy trigger fingered, adrenalin-crazed gamers obsessed with getting real world rewards/prizes. We'll charge a monthly fee so that they will know/believe/be convinced that they are obtaining a premium game-enhancing service. Let's see … we'll call it … Call of Duty … Elite

Please note: Not all COD gamers have the aforementioned qualities. Some are quite civil and enjoy having fun playing a GAME.

In addition, Activision seems to want to sell the social aspect of this, but imo it seems to be a recipe for some crazy antisocial drama/waste product later on.

NiteKrawler
NiteKrawler
9 years ago

All three of those points (Connect, Compete, Improve) are just saying the same thing differently each time.

Zorigo
Zorigo
9 years ago

While i might've joined because its free and they might reward me for helping out later with free shizz theres threasons why i wont do that;
1. It's activision, course there wont be free shizz
2. No way in hell im getting black ops
3. Im still not entirely sure about MW3 but i know im never getting a cod game after that. MW3 seems a bit like blops was, lots of hype and exciting nothings and flashy trailers for what turned out as a flop. as a game anyway, Blops raked the cash in…

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

The idea of real world prizes is cool, but I coubt most of them would be worth a damn anyway. The idea of strategy in the CoD multiplayer is laughable. It's run here, shoot, get killed, respawn, wash, rinse, repeat. No strategy is involved, unless I REALLY missed something because I was the only one trying to take my time and play with a brain. Finally, there is supposedly going to be a price of 3 UK Pounds/month. Not steep by any means, but that still equates to five or six dollars here, which is $60 a year-ish… yeah, no.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Hang on, that's the same as a Playstation Plus subscription. No offense to Antivision, but that's ridiculous.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Don't ask me, I'm just the reporter…

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

It's Activision.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

@Killa

lol, I think he knows. Antivision is a common nickname for them since they have no new visions, always recycling the same games.

thj_1980
thj_1980
9 years ago

I'll see how much the cost for this is I hoep around $3 a month.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

I'm sure Nike will back me up on this……

"Just say NO"

ElJefeDiablo
ElJefeDiablo
9 years ago

The pusher offers a new form crack to the kidz…the addicts will come grubbing for their fix.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

So basically they're charging for what most other games are offering for free right now? This is ridiculous, and yet it'll still sell like mad, which will influence other devs to do the same, and then the industry will go down the crapper.

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
9 years ago

The industry will never go down the crapper, so long as u have twitchy-fingered, vulgar 13 year olds whose parents are only too happy for them to be babysitted by Call of Duty.
I predict the possible success of Call of Duty "Elite" will result in other game devs following suit. What next?
Battlefield Supreme?

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

I'ma start a poll with all my buddies and see how many would actually pay for this. Some of my friends only play COD so i suspect I'll see some yes answers in there. If it gets deep and big enough I'll share the results. Otherwise I just don't think it's going to go over as well as they want it to with what is offered. I do think the concept is great, but not at a price.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

It's so sad that people are so ignorant of other quality games out there that they are willing to hand over their hard earned money for extra CoD features that are standard in other FPS'. If this were any other title, there would be a massive backlash.

Activision are able to get away with it because CoD is mostly a casual FPS for people who don't play games on a regular basis, therefore these people believe they are getting something great simply because they don't know what the content of other games offer. It's all pure ignorance and Activision is cashing in on that ignorance.

Acti are cashing in on peer pressure as well. If your friends have CoD Elite, guess what you gotta get just to keep up with the cool kids. High school is such a horrible competitive place, don't have what's popular, you're out of the group.

I can see a lot of high schoolers getting this since they'll be peer pressured into this. Hopefully us adults will know better and be busy tracking our stats for free on Battlefield 3.

Finally, I just hope to God that this isn't a runaway success, otherwise other games will follow suit and that will be the end of everything we older folks know and love about video games. I'm getting Battlefield 3. Screw CoD. I really don't care that I can't play with friends anymore since they're all sucked into CoD mania!!

Killa Tequilla
Killa Tequilla
9 years ago

You can say whatever you want about Activision; this and that, but they are doing what in life is to be done, making money.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

There's more to life than money. How about caring for the customers and make something new, instead of the samething over and over.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

I understand Acti's goal of making lots of money, but they have already done that, it's just a question of maintaining it, and while CoD Elite might be a big money-maker at first, I doubt it will last more than a year or two.

Casual gamers are a fickle bunch, and highly unpredictable. They'll be playing CoD one year, then Angry Birds, then Wii, then Guitar Hero, then something else a few months after that.

Once CoD has lost its casual appeal, it may die off since the hardcore gamers are playing Battlefield 3, or Uncharted 3, or the next Halo or Respawn Ent. shooter. Hardcore gamers usually speak out and its easier to craft a game to their liking rather than try to cater to casual gamers. One is riskier than the other, and one can have bigger short-term success while the other long-term success. CoD makes its sales now, but unlike Mario Kart or Uncharted 2, it won't be selling several years later.

If Acti can successfully keep up this momentum for another 3 years, then I will tip my hat to them. As much as I dislike CoD, there's no denying Acti's successful business strategy promoting this series.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

That's just plain bullsh*t! you can make a game with all those features…It doesn't have to be something with a monthly fee.

Shows how much the devs and publishers care about the customers. I mean wanting to make money off the 8th instalment of the cod series is fine, but don't willingly try to rip people off.

Is the server the same as everyone else is who don't have the elite service?

You already pay for Internet, you already paid for the game, and you want people to pay for things that should be in the game anyways.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

omg…I must really be getting too old for this industry if I am the only person who thinks this COD website is for "nerds"…

It sounds like a good thing for all the COD fans out there, but absolutely not for me. I have better things to waste my money on.

Nynja
Nynja
9 years ago

I should clarify; had the website been for something like chess, paintball, or some other hobby of mine I'm sure I would put on my pocket protector and tape up my glasses.

bluedarrk
bluedarrk
9 years ago

So it says you can play against people with similar skill lever. I only prestiged once because I don't see the point to do it. Does that mean they match me with people on the same prestige level or does it go by k/d ratio or score? I would like to play people at my skill level even in BFBC2 I play against people who suck. Not saying I'm the greatest I would just like to play people at my level.