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