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Post by Dan @ 10:21am 01/06/11 | 28 Comments
Yesterday's reveal of the Call of Duty: Elite service was a strange one, with Activision quizzically granting disclosure exclusivity to financial publication The Wall Street Journal, who proceeded to run with the provocative headline "Call of Duty Targets a Monthly Fee", offering very little actual information about what the service itself would offer players and sparking misguided fears that we would be getting charged to play multiplayer.

Meanwhile, the many gaming publications that had also been privy to Elite's demonstration -- and wanted to tell us all what it actually is -- were left biting their collective tongues until NDAs were lifted. Obviously the monthly subscription is a big talking point, but we still don't have all the details on what that premium part of the service will offer, so that's all just speculation at this point.

What we do have however, is information on a whole bunch of the features that Call of Duty players will be getting for free from the new Call of Duty: Elite network.
Elite gives players an in-depth look at statistical details of their own performance and gameplay as well as that of the entire Call of Duty community. Elite also delivers a new level of social and community innovation for the Call of Duty franchise, by giving players better ways to connect and socialize with friends and rivals, both inside and outside our games. It also allows players of every level to improve their game with an intuitive suite of tools, and compete in tournaments for both real and in-game virtual prizes.
Read our in-depth preview for all the details and our take on things and watch the trailer below (or here in HD) for an example of the service's functions.

The Call of Duty: Elite service has now launched over at http://www.callofduty.com/elite and will be open to beta testers with Call of Duty: Black Ops shortly in preparation for November's launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 or PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.













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teq
Posted 10:29am 01/6/11
no sympathy, people slowly giving up their collective buying power by giving in each and every time a big developer lubes up their a****** like this
they go out and still hand over cash like it's going out of fashion

no one to blame but themselves
DM
Posted 10:41am 01/6/11
Elite gives players an in-depth look at statistical details of their own performance and gameplay as well as that of the entire Call of Duty community

Oh like on the loading screen in TF2? I don't see why a ladder type thing couldn't be put into the game of any other CoD game if it's only tracking stats to determine the "best". Why that needs a monthly fee I have no idea. As for everything else, that is why they have a friends list on the xbox, so you can friend them and play together.
Bikkies
Posted 10:42am 01/6/11
Subscription models do not interest me.
MARLINBLADE
Posted 10:46am 01/6/11
So many value for money features...

There's the stats tracking - oh wait BF already did that
An of course there's the communication and posting thing - oh wait thats a forum
And then there's the social networking - Oh wait thats Facebook
And then there's that Join a clan thing - Oh wait anyone with an internet connection can already do that
And then there's the comps and leagues - oh wait doesn't Cybergamer already do that..?

And then there's dumbasses who will pay for this s***... I won't be one of them
Fixah
Posted 10:49am 01/6/11
I enjoyed watching that video, but i think that's as far as i'm going to go in terms of cost outlay of bandwidth, electricity, computing power and brain power consumption.
kappa
Posted 10:53am 01/6/11
Interested to see what they offer for free and what they will offer in the paid service.
Dan
Posted 10:57am 01/6/11
Oh absolutely, it's hard to feel sorry for them for sure. It was just such a dud move announcing it like they did. I can only imagine some of their clued PR staff must be pulling their hair out at they way it's been handled.

I mean, there's actually a bunch of cool stuff they're offering here for free -- sure it might not be anything we haven't seen before with the likes of bungie.net, battle.net, rockstar's social club and everything else others have already mentioned -- but all everyone wants to talk about now is the specter of subscription.

It was so dumb of them to announce the subscription component at the same time, they should have announced all this free s*** first, then after it was all up and running and people were enjoying it, come along with the premium add-ins for those that want to pay.

You've got to feel sorry for all the developers pouring their guts into this stuff, and the PR reps that have to keep trying to smooth things over. But yeah, no sympathy for the execs greenlighting these strategies or the corporation as a whole, they've made some really dumb calls of late.
DM
Posted 10:58am 01/6/11
they should have announced all this free s*** first

Yeah like if you buy this game, THIS is all the stuff you get for free. But if you really love the game you can subscribe and get all this extra neat s*** as well.

Instead it's turned out like "buy this game and get stuck with a monthly bill. Oh and there are some extra things as well"
kirkoswald
Posted 11:00am 01/6/11
thats the dude off "shes out of your league"
Fixah
Posted 11:04am 01/6/11
dumb calls of late
Intended pun Dan?
reLapse
Posted 11:05am 01/6/11
pass.
Tollaz0r!
Posted 11:21am 01/6/11
Maybe they are in panic from BF3 s***ting all over their cash cow.
Fixah
Posted 11:36am 01/6/11
Cash cow eventually turning into a dog.
kappa
Posted 11:43am 01/6/11
I mean, there's actually a bunch of cool stuff they're offering here for free -- sure it might not be anything we haven't seen before with the likes of bungie.net, battle.net, rockstar's social club and everything else others have already mentioned -- but all everyone wants to talk about now is the specter of subscription.

Yeah no point hating on the free features. Sure we've seen it all before but it's added valued for nothing.

Still, MW3 MP will have to be something pretty special (and not just the same s***) to beat BF3.
DM
Posted 11:45am 01/6/11
beat BF3

In popularity yeah no doubt. All those 15 and 16 year olds will help them rake in the cash. In terms of better gameplay however...
Eorl
Posted 12:37pm 01/6/11
What can COD do to their MP to make it new? Nothing, and they won't and we know it. Hell, that couple seconds of MW3 at the end looked exactly like MW2. Hell even the animations are the same.
`ViPER`
Posted 12:47pm 01/6/11
I really hope the gaming community pushes back by actually not subscribing to these services, but for some reason I think people wont actually follow through.

Everyone will get fired up in forums like this, but then just end up paying.

I've never bought a COD game, even though they look cool and multiplayer would probably be pretty fun, cause I refuse to pay the Australia tax.
paveway
Posted 01:02pm 01/6/11
i've mentioned this before

Call of Duty is the in fad with teenages and early 20's males, it started with modern warefare 2 and it's primarily on console.

it has gained massive popularity with non-gamers/casual gamers, it's the cool thing to do.

i've over heard plenty of conversations at uni of kids talking about it and i work with a guy that is all 'ZOMG COD' when i talked to him about it he pretty much doesn't know call of duty games existed before modern warefare 2, he has black ops and is all pumped for mw3.

i'm not cool because i play it on pc instead of xbox though apparently
Enska
Posted 01:03pm 01/6/11
In popularity yeah no doubt. All those 15 and 16 year olds will help them rake in the cash. In terms of better gameplay however...



Even 15 and 16 year olds get bored of the same s*** DM, pretty sure it's happened before :P
kappa
Posted 01:04pm 01/6/11
I always get value for money out of the COD games, since I will play MP until the next game is released. That's a lot more than I can say for my single player games.

What can COD do to their MP to make it new? Nothing, and they won't and we know it.

So because you can't think of anything original that means they can't? I'll reserve my judgement until I know all the info (that also includes BF3).
Suxsuxsux
Posted 07:07pm 01/6/11
My favorite COD 4 server has an excellent forum and a link to GameTracker for all the stats on the servers players, so I don't really see what this Elite feature would offer me that is worth paying for.

Since when did COD get a sense of humor, that video was quite funny.
Must have been a market research thing.
Maybe they think humor is the only reason Valve are liked.
ctd
Posted 10:18pm 01/6/11
Only reason I have got a cod game in the past was because I had nothing else to play at the time so I got a good 10-15 hours out of the MP before it got really boring. Now that BF is coming at the same time I don't need to.

Looking forward to Steve Farrelly giving CoD:Elite a 10/10 review. loollol
Horizon
Posted 11:54pm 01/6/11
Why is everyone expecting BF3 to be better? They are splitting the community upon release with "free" pre order maps!
ctd
Posted 02:56am 02/6/11
pros and cons imo

BF3
- New engine
- Destructible environment (which I enjoy - personal pref maybe)
- retarded controls and 'feel' - hopefully bf3 improves this
- 64 player
- dedicated servers (probably - lols 64 on p2p)
- Jets, tanks, jeeps etc
- never paid for any map packs in BC2
- PC version is the 'lead' version
- Pre-ordering so I don't care if you don't and have to pay lols
- terrible single player

MW3
- DLC costs money
- IWnet (p2p) - feels like console games
- same engine (modified maybe)
- not 64 player
- no vehicles
- easier to jump in and have a quick game
- can strafe and sprint at the same time (why the f*** can't you do this in bf games)
- terrible single player

Get both from O/S for around the same price as one copy in AUS? If they were coming out months apart I'd get both.
Infidel
Posted 03:16am 02/6/11
the first call of duty was ok, turned up a notch on medal of honour, never tried any other ones till modern warfare which was quite fun, good single player and MP but then it turned into CS, battlefield has been good since that call of eagle name it had, forget what it was called played that at some QLD lan
Ivonin
Posted 03:27pm 02/6/11
Because of this, I won't be buying MW3.
Eorl
Posted 05:47pm 02/6/11
Why is everyone expecting BF3 to be better? They are splitting the community upon release with "free" pre order maps!

I can understand the hatred for that, as DLC is DLC, but luckily if EA follows suit on their other ways of this, it will be for like $5 or something. And anyway, why aren't you pre-ordering BF3 :P
Tepid
Posted 06:46am 03/6/11
it was "codename eagle". sweet game but a bit buggy...
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