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.