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Activision details Call of Duty Elite

Activision details Call of Duty Elite

Call of Duty Elite will offer a number of services for free, with subscribers able to unlock extras.

Activision has finally unveiled some details on its upcoming Elite service for Call of Duty, revealing on its official site exactly what users will be able to access for free.

The publisher has yet to announce further details for the service, which will launch alongside Modern Warfare 3 later this year, and it's not yet clear how much the subscription will cost for premium services.

Here's what you can expect for free, however...
  • Access Elite through the web as well as Elite's free custom iOS and Android applications for smartphones and tablets
  • Communicate any way you want across mobile, console and the web with your friends
  • Track and share thousands of stats with friends - k/d ratios, score-per-minute, win % and loads more, all represented in easy to understand charts and infographics
  • Create your own custom leaderboards to track friendly rivalries - who is moving up and down in your group of friends?
  • Analyze advanced heat maps detailing your match-by-match performance - where you killed or got killed, when it happened, and more
  • Analyze your weapons performance - which weapons you are best with in which situations
  • Upload and share videos of your greatest moments through our exclusive theater mode with the touch of a button
  • After you analyze your performance to your heart's content - Customize your loadout - search through all the weapons, attachments and perks, and push them directly into the game menu from the web or your mobile device with the touch of a button
  • Join dozens of groups and find other players with common interests to play with and compete against - find people who make the game the most fun for you - TDM, Lakers' fans, Weekend Warriors
  • Create a Clan with players who share your interests and taste for competition
  • Bring your Facebook friends right into the game, easily taking your existing network into the Call of Duty experience.
  • Seamlessly be placed into Groups with those who share your affinities and interests based on your Facebook profile.
  • Start tracking your Call of Duty career — everything you wanted to know about your performance across the franchise starting with Black Ops
Some of these features admittedly would appear to be part of existing services, such as being able to share videos through Theater Mode, while others offer more appreciable benefits.

A public beta has been announced for July 14th this year, by invite only.

Bit-Gamer columnist Richard Cobbett recently argued in favour of Call of Duty Elite's games-as-a-service model in his Critical Hit column.

Check out the Modern Warfare 3 trailer below and then let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Greentrident 6th June 2011, 12:48 Quote
Interesting to see the integration of mobile and other platforms - I've always thought games could work across these in some way. not sure about some of the features (track stats onine - woah!)
TheLegendJoe 6th June 2011, 12:52 Quote
"Analyze advanced heat maps" wasn't this, along with advance statistics for weapons availible for free in Killzone 2?Hmmm
Unknownsock 6th June 2011, 12:53 Quote
Personally i think this is agreat service, other devs have some of these features but are usually abit rough round the edges. I guess the main problem here is that why do we have to pay for it?

Something like this would keep CoD fans even more casual players playing for longer and more interested in the franchise for years, hence more monies.

Maybe if this was like 50p but i can't imagine this being less than £5-£6.
dactone 6th June 2011, 12:53 Quote
what a load of crap! i play cod sometimes its good playing with your friends, i would expect this for free,to be part of the "game". activision ripping there customers hands off, or should i say 13 year old boys mothers hands.
Jamie 6th June 2011, 12:55 Quote
I wonder if they will increase the quality of clips you can upload to youtube.
bogie170 6th June 2011, 13:01 Quote
Seems that Battlefield 3 is offering most of this stuff for free.

Activision reputation will drop even futher imo!
r3loaded 6th June 2011, 13:04 Quote
"revealing on its official site exactly what users will be able to access for free"

Yep, it's free as long as you pay for it.
Skiddywinks 6th June 2011, 13:06 Quote
Halo 3 did most of the things on that list years ago, and now it's enough to be considered a whole other service?

The state of console gaming has gotten horrendous.
Digi 6th June 2011, 13:59 Quote
Didn't buy black-ops and won't buy this next installment of Call of Money: Modern Trollop 3 either.
cgthomas 6th June 2011, 14:55 Quote
Even though I'm not buying any CoD nor am I interested in Elite, I do like the feature which allows you to tweak your weapons and perks from your account and push the changes into your game.
I think it's a great idea if executed well and I hope to see it in BF3
wuyanxu 6th June 2011, 17:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by cgthomas
Even though I'm not buying any CoD nor am I interested in Elite, I do like the feature which allows you to tweak your weapons and perks from your account and push the changes into your game.
I think it's a great idea if executed well and I hope to see it in BF3

CoD uses a class creation system where class created are selected ingame to suit a player's play style.

BF uses a class system where class roles are pre-defined by the designer, classes can be modified ingame to suit situation needs, not the player playstyle.

it's different, so i think it's impractical to put it in BF3. on a similar note, i hope BF3 get rid of these stats rubbish, playing without a care in the world for stats made the game much more fun. 1/50 k/d is much more rewarding if your actions actually helped your team to win.


i like the free mobile phone apps they will be offering though.
fodder 6th June 2011, 17:19 Quote
How about reducing lag? Or maybe going back to an online game browser that works in less than 5 mins?

Hey, here's an idea. How about stand alone servers that give you the ability to tailor the game to the way you and your friends/public like? You can then make sure they are on a dedicated connection for minimum lag, kick the idiots and jump on and off servers without waiting in the lobby.

Domains built on ultimate control, no matter how sugar coated, all fail in the end. I don't mind paying for a service, as long as the service is one I want or need. Personally stats and social sharing are not my thing. I want a game that plays well, gives me the option to play on the servers I want to with the people I want to and without petty interference to try and milk more money out of me.
do_it_anyway 6th June 2011, 17:22 Quote
Forgive me if Im wrong, but everyone saying "this should be free" - check out the line immediately BEFORE the list of things:
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Here's what you can expect for free, however...

So......thats the free stuff. Whats the premium stuff?
Eiffie 6th June 2011, 19:28 Quote
I think it's pretty simple, either your gonna buy the game, your gonna buy the game and the pro service, your gonna "somehow" obtain the game with google-fu or you just won't buy the game. No reason to bash on people who are willing to spend more on extra services. It's their money.
SexyHyde 6th June 2011, 20:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Eiffie
I think it's pretty simple, either your gonna buy the game, your gonna buy the game and the pro service, your gonna "somehow" obtain the game with google-fu or you just won't buy the game. No reason to bash on people who are willing to spend more on extra services. It's their money.

The reason we bash the people that are prepared to pay for this, is it will encourage more developers to do the same and create divides. If it was something new, then maybe, but its a charge for something others give for free.
Sloth 6th June 2011, 21:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
CoD uses a class creation system where class created are selected ingame to suit a player's play style.

BF uses a class system where class roles are pre-defined by the designer, classes can be modified ingame to suit situation needs, not the player playstyle.

it's different, so i think it's impractical to put it in BF3. on a similar note, i hope BF3 get rid of these stats rubbish, playing without a care in the world for stats made the game much more fun. 1/50 k/d is much more rewarding if your actions actually helped your team to win.


i like the free mobile phone apps they will be offering though.
The beauty of a well implemented stat tracking system (for any game, though BF makes a good example) is the ability to show that K/D isn't all that matters. Got someone on your case or just generally feeling down about your KDR? Bring up a stat you do well on, look at your strengths and play to them in the future.

Of course, in practical application, helping your team and getting a good KDR is even better.
slothy89 6th June 2011, 23:01 Quote
All the people whinging that these features should be free, learn to read the article? My guess is you saw the title, clicked straight to the comments and started your rant.
ALL features listed above are included free of charge when you buy the game, ZERO subscription fees.
These features deserve to be free, so thank god for that. It will be interesting to see what they decide is worth paying for.

Personally as long as it has dedicated servers for PC, and works at release with mod tools available within the first couple months, I think it will be fine.
boggsi 10th June 2011, 16:25 Quote
In favour of this personally, I'd not pay more than £5-6 a year, but I would pay.
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