Activision Confirm Call Of Duty Elite

“The world’s most passionate online gaming community can now connect, compete and improve their Call of Duty multiplayer experience,” says the press release that’s already had its thunder stolen overnight, “through Activision’s innovative new online service, Call of Duty Elite.”

We’ve covered most of the details this morning, but it’s perhaps worth doubling up so as to avoid any confusing over what’s included and what’s extra – or, indeed, Elite.

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First up, it’s a Beachhead studio product, and will offer “cutting-edge features that significantly enhance the franchises’ multiplayer experience and deliver a new level of social engagement that will unite more than 30 million players worldwide.”  Pure PR speak, of course, but it’s certainly new stuff.

“Additionally, the service will offer exclusive, high-production value, original entertainment programming designed exclusively for the Call of Duty community.”

Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing says that the average CoD player player spends just short of an hour every day playing multiplayer.  “That is more than the average Facebook user spends per day on Facebook,” apparently.  Elite, then, is set up to unite and “super charge” that community.

“Whether it’s allowing you to connect with your friends, or people of a similar skill level, people who live in your city, people who share your favourite passions, join competitive clans or social groups, or upload, view and comment on the incredible mass of player-generated content, or watch and comment on exclusive created content, Call of Duty Elite will give people more ways to connect with fellow players than ever before.”

“Elite will also allow players of every level to improve their game with an intuitive suite of tools, and compete in tournaments for both real and virtual prizes.”

The first game to include Elite is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.  Activision are breaking the service down into three distinct areas:

  • 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 organised 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.

“Carrying forward to future Call of Duty games,” continues the press release, “Elite will chronicle a player’s gameplay history in a cohesive career record, keeping track of every kill, every game and progress.”

“Many key features of Call of Duty Elite will be available to Call of Duty players free of charge. Additionally, for players who want to up their game, Call of Duty Elite will offer a premium membership with a wide range of state-of-the-art services, exclusive entertainment programming and all-inclusive game content for less than the cost of any comparable online entertainment service currently in the market.”

No pricing, as expected, but what are your thoughts?

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32 Comments

  1. Wheres the bit about dedicated servers for the consoles? This is the most needed feature not stat tracking!
    To me COD finished at MW. Really enjoyed that one until the team killers messed up the hardcore modes. Since then its just not my cup of tea anymore.

    • ^^This. Dedicated servers are the thing that most console MP players would be happy enough to pay for. Not some stats which invariably get hacked anyway.

    • MW2 was a step too far for me. Became so unrealistic and multiplayer was ruined by the addition of nukes and so on. It seems they’re determined to ignore our protests so i’ll be giving MW3 a miss

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      • Oops pressed submit by accident. Anyway, the casual Cod player, like me, play for the fun. I and many others wouldn’t pay around £50 extra on top of the £39. 99 for a ‘social gaming experience’.

  2. Well not surprised, this was expected. Personally I think it’s a waste of money, but I’m sure millions other will not or just pay anyway, so this is a cash cow for Activision.

    But if EA is smart, they will offer similar features on BF3 for free or as a one-time payment.

  3. This has the potential to backfire massively.
    On the other hand, what a windfall for Activision from those who will pay.

    I reckon the only way I’m buying MW3 for anything over €30 (in other words, pre-owned, after the NEXT COD has come out) is if it comes out on the NGP/ Vita/ PSP2/ The-most-exciting-piece-of-technology-that-I-currently-want.

  4. “Players can compete against friends, players of similar skill levels and players with similar interests, join groups, join clans, and play in organised tournaments”

    Wait, cant you do that in COD already?
    Pointless, IMO.

    • Exactley, something very similar to this already exists. It’s called Gamebattles.

      • Yeah, because they say it’s new people think it is new.

  5. Call of Duty: Facebook Edition. I have no interest in this.

    It looks like the sort of thing that should probably form part of the game anyway. Similar to the hub in NFS:MW. Another way to screw money from the parents of kids that shouldn’t be playing the game but it’s marketed at anyway.

  6. So, the game is priced more than other games at retail, the map packs are stupidly priced and now this?

    • PLus the fact most games do this stuff for free anyway. Killzone for example.

  7. Considering how much I’m probably going to be playing MW3, I think it would be worth it for me.

  8. ha ha ha ha ha, what a load of tosh. Just set up for the morons that love COD and think they are getting something extra special paying ACtivision a bit more money…hilarious stuff

  9. Everyone love statistics.

  10. Statistics killed me. I was always determined to maintain/improve them and got frustrated a lot. I moved to battlefield bc2 and I havent looked back. Everything is more fun and there is more teamwork.
    So il be giving mw3 a miss unless there is a huge overhaul which I doubt. I never even bought black ops…

    However nothing will ever beat the experience I had playing cod1 on pc. Best multiplayer experience to date. Cod is just not the same anymore, and I didn’t expect it to be after the success of mw.

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