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Call of Duty Elite subscriptions explained

Call of Duty Elite subscriptions explained

Details have leaked for Call of Duty Elite, a new subscription service for Call of Duty games.

Activision's plans for a new subscription component for Call of Duty games, dubbed Call of Duty Elite, have leaked online ahead of the official embargo.

Call of Duty Elite will, according to the Wall Street Journal, launch alongside Modern Warfare 3 in November this year.

Elite offers players a number of analysis tools, as well as extra content and downloadable map packs in return for a monthly subscription. Tools include level maps, stat-tracking, player-searching tools and the ability to create clans and groups.

The cost of the subscription has yet to be determined, but Activision was keen to stress that players will not need to pay to play Call of Duty's standard multiplayer. Payment is only required for the Elite toolset.

More information will become available when the embargo lifts later today, but until then let us know your thoughts in the forums and check out the Modern Warfare 3 trailer below. More videos are available in the trailers section.

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NuTech 31st May 2011, 10:43 Quote
NDA gaming press.
Give early exclusive to WSJ.

Stay classy Activision...
Sketchee 31st May 2011, 10:46 Quote
As if it wasn't expensive enough as it is....
CrazyJoe 31st May 2011, 10:49 Quote
This will only work if people pay for it, which they sadly will.

Good business decision!
Baz 31st May 2011, 10:50 Quote
Press Release from DICE offering the same in BF3 for free in 3....2....1......
javaman 31st May 2011, 10:52 Quote
The gloves are off and theyre really milking that cash cow. Oh and they're wrong. I wasn't gonna play at all and I'm still not gonna play at all. Nothing changed in my playing of COD:More wank 3 and agaiin activision fail.
CrazyJoe 31st May 2011, 10:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by javaman
and agaiin activision fail.

I think you'll find sales of over 1 billion dollars for a single game is not a fail...
javaman 31st May 2011, 10:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by CrazyJoe
I think you'll find sales of over 1 billion dollars for a single game is not a fail...

That figure just goes to prove that people are mindless idiots who will pay full price for what amounts to an expansion pack. I guess we can't blame them for good marketing and spending the money on other titles......oh wait they canceled most of those.
DriftCarl 31st May 2011, 11:00 Quote
hahahaha,

poor console kids, they are gonna be the only ones buying this game anyway.
r3loaded 31st May 2011, 11:01 Quote
"extra content and downloadable map packs"
"the ability to create clans and groups"

LOL.
Whirly 31st May 2011, 11:06 Quote
How long will it be until we are discussing how the COD/MW franchise died of over saturation?

I reckon 18-24 months.

Activision did it with Guitar Hero but at least in that case they hadn't put all their eggs in one basket. This time they seem determined to do it even quicker.

Their business plan, afaict, is to use the MW brand as a basis for lots of (slightly) different games. That sounds like a good idea when the brand is so strong. But what happens if (when) it becomes toxic through this kind of money-grabbing exercise?
blackcell1 31st May 2011, 11:08 Quote
maybe we should all wait for the nice fokes at alteriwnet to create their free version of this :D
Glix 31st May 2011, 11:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
Press Release from DICE offering the same in BF3 for free in 3....2....1......

+1

EA already offer this service for free since the days of BF2, the amount of stats tracking was sickening (I really do not need to know who my nemesis is!).
Kakeshoma 31st May 2011, 11:34 Quote
Sad, sad Activision. DICE for the win!
Tsung 31st May 2011, 11:54 Quote
It's the first step down the road for monthly sub for all FPS games.. When Activision does this, EA might at first be saying "We offer that for free" but if it is successful EA would be foolish not to consider it for future BF games. If it isn't successful, the FPS games might be dropped in the future for not being profitable enough.

However, if Activisio offered just the multiplayer component on a monthly pay to play subscription with no/little upfront cost (eg. no need to buy the game you just buy a months worth of play at a time). They could be onto the next big thing. (I doubt that would happen thou').
pimlicosound 31st May 2011, 11:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
hahahaha,

poor console kids, they are gonna be the only ones buying this game anyway.

As opposed to PC pirates who will pirate the hell out of it to teach Activision a lesson.

Hooray for baseless accusations and childish insults! Sigh...
Unknownsock 31st May 2011, 11:56 Quote
But this is available for free in other games..
warejon9 31st May 2011, 12:18 Quote
Well i think its more aimed at consoles, as far as creating clans etc, how can you stop someone on a PC not having a clan? Also think of all the stat tracking you have for BF2? This don't make sense, i think its more just for idoits to part with money.
Marvin-HHGTTG 31st May 2011, 12:39 Quote
Didn't Activision say after the release of BlOps that they'd never charge subscription for Call of Duty multiplayer? Yet more shite from the worlds largest cash-milking cow.
DriftCarl 31st May 2011, 13:04 Quote
look what activision are doing with WoW. subscription for remote armory, subscription for out of game guild chat access, subscription to play with your friends from other server in your own instance. All of this ontop of the baseline subscription you pay for the game.
Is it any suprise that they are adding a subscription to COD now?
Skiddywinks 31st May 2011, 13:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by Marvin-HHGTTG
Didn't Activision say after the release of BlOps that they'd never charge subscription for Call of Duty multiplayer? Yet more shite from the worlds largest cash-milking cow.

To be fair, it is voluntary. You can still play without paying.
Phalanx 31st May 2011, 13:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
To be fair, it is voluntary. You can still play without paying.

For the price they charge for the game it should be bloody included!
Lowsidex2 31st May 2011, 13:30 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marvin-HHGTTG
Didn't Activision say after the release of BlOps that they'd never charge subscription for Call of Duty multiplayer? Yet more shite from the worlds largest cash-milking cow.

To be fair, it is voluntary. You can still play without paying.

You can also play WOW without buying the expansion packs but will you?
feathers 31st May 2011, 13:30 Quote
Aren't these the same stats tracking you get free on Battlefield games? :) I lost interest in COD after 2. Loved COD 2 and found all the later ones boring.
bogie170 31st May 2011, 13:35 Quote
Screw Activision, Hamachi is your friend!
Centy-face 31st May 2011, 14:23 Quote
I really do not see this working especially when all these features are currently available for free through Steam but hey people will buy it anyway so I guess all the rest of us can do is leave them to it and hope it doesn't end up doing the rounds through other games.
Mankz 31st May 2011, 15:01 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
Press Release from DICE offering the same in BF3 for free in 3....2....1......

+2
Zurechial 31st May 2011, 15:59 Quote
I hope Baz is right because ****ing hell this is getting stupid and the precedents are getting worse every time a billion ****ing morons throw their money at these pricks.

It was bad enough when players were suddenly expected to pay for things like a couple of new maps, skins, etc; but now they have to pay for stat-tracking and clan-forming as well?
**** off, Activision.
smc8788 31st May 2011, 16:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
To be fair, it is voluntary. You can still play without paying.

They'd be shooting themselves in the foot otherwise, since most of the people who play COD are <18 and probably wouldn't be able to afford the monthly subscription fee as well as a £40 game every year. Hell, the games are so similar now you might as well consider that £40 a subscription fee.
mucgoo 31st May 2011, 16:11 Quote
this made me want to go check my battlefield stats
http://bfbcs.com/stats_360/mucgoo
smc8788 31st May 2011, 16:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by mucgoo
this made me want to go check my battlefield stats
http://bfbcs.com/stats_360/mucgoo

That'll be £5 please.

Sincerely,
Bobby K
Stewb 31st May 2011, 16:52 Quote
Wait... They are going to charge for things that even that other bastion of consoleiness (that's a real word, honest), Halo, has had for a couple of generations? Wow.
Gigglebyte 31st May 2011, 17:58 Quote
Perhaps this is a move to shoot CoD in the foot after the Infinity Ward scandals and bring a new project to the front seat? Activision may feel that they can risk a move like this with CoD?
sharpethunder 31st May 2011, 18:05 Quote
So far Activision are slowly moving to a mmo type for game... next will be that you can not crouch down or dophin dive to the floor or lean you have to pay extra for that or pay for each clip of ammo you have or perk.... I really hope people buy BF3 and not MW3 but the consoles crowd will though.
GravitySmacked 31st May 2011, 18:25 Quote
I hate what they're doing but tbh I've grown tired of the series and it's just another reason for me to bypass the next instalment.
SMIFFYDUDE 31st May 2011, 18:51 Quote
If only everybody was old enough to remember gaming before PS3 people wouldn't put up with this. We need to educate the yougsters that this is the sort of stuff you shouldn't be paying for. Same goes for DLC.
Kovoet 31st May 2011, 18:56 Quote
As they say in the UK they are taking the p..s
niro 31st May 2011, 20:11 Quote
And just when you thought Activision couldnt become more greedy and unlikeable...KABLAM.

Feel sorry for the clowns who spend money on this, problem is they will spend, and then everyone will start doing it just like with the DLC rubbish
CrazyBlade 31st May 2011, 20:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by DriftCarl
look what activision are doing with WoW. subscription for remote armory, subscription for out of game guild chat access, subscription to play with your friends from other server in your own instance. All of this ontop of the baseline subscription you pay for the game.
Is it any suprise that they are adding a subscription to COD now?

This.

My feelings on Activision Blizzard sour with every waking moment.
CrazyJoe 31st May 2011, 20:50 Quote
shigllgetcha 31st May 2011, 21:20 Quote
lost interest in cod completely
alf- 31st May 2011, 22:51 Quote
sigh, some of comments here illustrate what is wrong with some pc gamers.

by that i mean the snobbish childish insults not only towards people who enjoy the COD franchise but console gamers as a whole, the comments just make these people sound like elitist jerks.

actually this about sums up these people
http://xkcd.com/359/

god forbid people having fun playing a game.
Waynio 31st May 2011, 23:37 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Baz
Press Release from DICE offering the same in BF3 for free in 3....2....1......

:D nice .
Waynio 31st May 2011, 23:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by alf-
sigh, some of comments here illustrate what is wrong with some pc gamers.

by that i mean the snobbish childish insults not only towards people who enjoy the COD franchise but console gamers as a whole, the comments just make these people sound like elitist jerks.

actually this about sums up these people
http://xkcd.com/359/

god forbid people having fun playing a game.

Can understand that a little but to many pc gamers activision lost the plot when they abandonned dedicated servers & ditched user content in favour of milking for new content, I enjoyed COD until after modern warfare, didn't fancy the world at war after it, then it was all down hill but I don't miss it at all :) especially with what the battlefield series brings.
But I've become more of a simple action/adventure/rpg type gamer now so rarely play multiplayers unless it's genuinely good fun & I think the most fun I've had on multiplayer games of late have been GTA IV racing & other racing games but GTA got totally spoilt by cheaters/game wreckers :).

Anyway are you happy they want to turn it to subscription based? .
alf- 1st June 2011, 03:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waynio
Quote:
Originally Posted by alf-
sigh, some of comments here illustrate what is wrong with some pc gamers.

by that i mean the snobbish childish insults not only towards people who enjoy the COD franchise but console gamers as a whole, the comments just make these people sound like elitist jerks.

actually this about sums up these people
http://xkcd.com/359/

god forbid people having fun playing a game.

Can understand that a little but to many pc gamers activision lost the plot when they abandonned dedicated servers & ditched user content in favour of milking for new content, I enjoyed COD until after modern warfare, didn't fancy the world at war after it, then it was all down hill but I don't miss it at all :) especially with what the battlefield series brings.
But I've become more of a simple action/adventure/rpg type gamer now so rarely play multiplayers unless it's genuinely good fun & I think the most fun I've had on multiplayer games of late have been GTA IV racing & other racing games but GTA got totally spoilt by cheaters/game wreckers :).

Anyway are you happy they want to turn it to subscription based? .

i understand raging at activism, that's understandable they have annoyed a lot pc gamers, i just don't think its really necessary for some people to get all snobby and generally disparaging to other people for the simple reason that they enjoy a game or console system.

as for for subscription crap, sounds like a waste of money, but as long as it doesn't affect actual game play i don't really mind.
i came across
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2011/may/31/call-of-duty-elite-faq

it seems that clans and career stats will be available to all users of MW3, which makes this subscription idea even less of an issue to me.
slothy89 1st June 2011, 03:47 Quote
Call of Warcraft anyone?
7earitup 1st June 2011, 07:25 Quote
Horrible ****ing idea.
sharpethunder 2nd June 2011, 23:06 Quote
http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/11/24/activision-will-never-ever-charge-for-call-of-duty-multiplayer/ read this and well its kind of going back on there word but BF3 all the way for me
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