Activision has sent over their E3 slate today, and that includes a start date for the Call of Duty Elite beta test.

Unsurprisingly, the new subscription-based service will be part of the publisher's E3 presentation; they're excited about the program that "will unite and ignite more than 30 million Call of Duty players worldwide." They're also ready to unveil Prototype 2 and something called Skylanders Spyro's Adventure , which…well, it's weird, but it sounds kinda cool:

"…an innovative new universe that brings the world of toys, video games and the Internet together in an unprecedented way. Through an inventive use of technology, players use the Portal of Power™ to bring their toys to life in a mystical new universe called Skylands. The Skylanders come to life inside the game across multiple gaming platforms including console, handheld and mobile devices and on the web, remembering achievements and level-ups wherever they go. The starter pack will include the game, three Skylanders figures and the Portal of Power™. The starter pack lets players experience the full adventure but there will be more than 30 other characters which further expand and enhance the experience."

Hmm…that sounds interesting for the kids, doesn't it? Activision goes on to note that Modern Warfare 3 pre-orders are already coming in at a "record-setting pace," so it may eventually top the most pre-ordered title ever; last year's Black Ops . Finally, they wanted us to know that the invitation-only public beta for Call of Duty Elite begins on July 14. Here's some additional info for those planning to be try it out.

"While the full capabilities of the service will not be on display until the launch of Modern Warfare 3, the beta will give users a taste of the experience and allow the service to be tested by gamers currently playing Call of Duty®: Black Ops multiplayer. In its five days since announcement, the beta has already surpassed over 1 million registrants."

Why the heck are we more intrigued by a Spyro game than anything else Activision has to offer? Maybe we just like sweet new tech.

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Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I'm assuming this is a Spyro the dragon game? If so, sounds fun!

Riku994
Riku994
9 years ago

It looks absolutely Abysmal.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Well I have not fully enjoyed a Spyro game since Spyro 2, but I am willing to see about it before dismissing it, I have yet to hear anythign about a new spyro yet before this article, I would have a stroke if they found a way to reinvent crah bandicoot.

Nlayer
Nlayer
9 years ago

Isn't this new Spyro game written by someone from Pixar? That's what I've heard anyways. Perhaps it will be somewhat good.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

So, Spyro done without Insomniac, but throw in a toy based tie-in. I'm thinking a Spyro plushie with a 2D barcode stamped on it's butt or something similar that a camera can recognize. Why am I reminded of Tickle-Me-Elmo?

Somehow, I suspect that this will be Spyro themed shovelware aimed at kids with Move or Kinect.

OxyFenix
OxyFenix
9 years ago

Agree. I sort of enjoyed the last Spyro because of it was co-op based. I enjoyed playing with another friend and I was hoping for a sequel. This isn't even Spyro no more.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Highlander,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4x-VW_rCSE


Last edited by BikerSaint on 6/6/2011 10:27:54 AM

Kiryu
Kiryu
9 years ago

Spyro the dragon insomniac's multiplatform title?
nothing can beat the PS1 Classics.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

COD Elite already has 1 million registered for the Beta? Wow.

I guess that answers my question on whether or not it would be successful.

I viewed Xbox Live and it's yearly fee to play as a precursor of things to come. COD Elite is just another step in that direction.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

Ha, I remember reading about this game and seeing pictures somewhere. I think Activision is trying to catch the late '90s Pokemon craze in America that they apparently think is still alive and well.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

MaxPontiac,

Yeah, but remember that that beta is "FREE".

Let's see just how many people actually wind up buying it when it rolls out.

And just how many more actually stick with it after buying into it.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 6/6/2011 10:34:35 AM

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

BikerSaint –

Yeah, I understand it's free. But it's also the linked to the same series that sells about 10 million copies every year across all systems.

People will buy this service in the millions. If not, I'll be shocked.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
9 years ago

I don't like any of this news 🙁

556pineapple
556pineapple
9 years ago

Same here. I try to keep an open mind when it comes to Activision news, but it's hard for me to get past their… well, past. If you look at these news items, it's just new ways for them to vacuum our cash from our pockets and I don't like it.


Last edited by 556pineapple on 6/6/2011 11:02:55 AM

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

I liked Spyro the Dragon. This new one does sound as if it's geared for children. I don't like Activision, but if my daughter asks for this game, I'll get it for her.

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

Slightly off topic but was I the only one who could not stop laughing at the MW3 demo?
The whole scenario was just so far fetched, it even beat Russians parachuting into DC.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

The underwater section was cool. Then when they emerged to the surface it turned into the same old thing.

Is it me or do the visuals look identical to all the CoD games? o.O

sirbob6
sirbob6
9 years ago

Yeah I think some of those sub textures were the same as the ship from the first on.

Battlefield on the other hand looked pretty sexy.

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

MW3, Spyro, and Prototype 2. Yawn. 😛

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

This whole morning's M$ E3 presentation was a total & complete yawn.

It looks like my botbox is about to get a whole lot dustier till at least the next E3

Claire C
Claire C
9 years ago

You said it. I give them a D+ (the + for effort). =^.^=

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Spyro was one hell of a series on ps1.

Sad how it devolved into a kid's game under Universal's watch.

Either way, this is more exciting than COD Elite.

Sol
Sol
9 years ago

I had a feeling I missed something. My E3 stream was iffy at some points… Well, time for the next best thing!

___________
___________
9 years ago

OH LORD ANTIVISION KEEP AWAY FROM MY BELOVED SPYRO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
as if destroying crash was not bad enough!
TED? TEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED? COME QUICK SPYRO NEEDS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!