9 reasons a Call of Duty Elite Premium subscription is actually worth the money

When it was first announced, Call of Duty Elite was the source of more than a little controversy, as the internet erupted in an indignant rage over Activision’s supposed greed in launching a premium subscription service for Call of Duty content. Today, however, we finally learned the details of Elite – specifically, that it’s much more than a stingy new way to charge for DLC. In fact, if anything, Elite seems more than a little generous.

THE PRICE $49.99

We were briefed on the details of Call of Duty Elite’s free features a while back, which were impressive indeed. The only thing we knew about the controversial Premium subscription, however, was that it would include all annually released DLC for FREE. Non-subscribers may still purchase it separately (first on Xbox 360), but it’s cheaper through an Elite subscription. Doing the math, past Call of Duty DLC comes out to $60 a year, so Elite Premium is essentially a steeply discounted Season Pass that comes with a ridiculous amount of extra content and exclusive features.


Elite subscribers will apparently get certain premium features first and more often. What’s currently unclear is how this affects PlayStation users, although if Activision were smart, it would/could/should allow Elite subscribers on PSN to skirt the Call of Duty timed-exclusivity agreement with Microsoft and play parts of DLC map packs earlier.


It looks as if Elite users will receive early access to portions of DLC map backs before they’re released on XBL and PSN proper. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


New gameplay modes will be part of the monthly supply drops. Now that Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer is every bit as customizable as Halo, we expect this to be heavily influenced by the Call of Duty community.


We already knew that Elite would hold regular tournaments for real world trophies, ranging from t-shirts and patches, to iPads and Jeeps, as part of its free service, so we’re not entirely clear what this means to Premium subscribers. If we had to guess, we’d expect more frequent competitions with better prizes.


Customizing the people you play with is part of Elite’s free service, and your personal matchmaking can be based on the loosest possible criteria you choose. Wanna play with your college friends, crochet group or fellow Yankees fans. It’s easy. However, only with the Premium sub can you level up you entire clan together as a unit. TEAM!


Elite free allows players to upload up to thirty seconds of HD video to your YouTube channel and automagically tag players within that match. If you’re bad at math that’s FOUR MINUTES, which is significantly more appealing if you’re hoping to upload more than just humiliating kills and nutshot bloopers.


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Two regular shows were announced for Call of Duty Elite Premium subscribers. The first is from Top Gun and Blade Runner brothers, Ridley and Tony Scott, and will see real-life rivals settling scores online over Call of Duty in a program called Friday Night Fights. The second show comes from Jason Bateman and Will Arnett, and will naturally take a more comedic focus. George and Michael Bluth will grief players by regularly showcasing kills, highlights and other silliness occurring over Modern Warfare 3.

That’s the rundown we got, and it’s certainly far more than we expected for that price. Better still, the Hardened Edition of Modern Warfare 3 will contain a free Call of Duty Elite “Founder” subscription in every Collector’s Edition. In case you need further proof that Activision is feeling uncharacteristically giving, everyone who purchased a ticket to this weekend’s Call of Duty XP convention this weekend will receive the Hardened Edition at no cost, with all proceeds going to charity. It’s not too late to get your ass down here…

Sep 2, 2011


  • cjsleme - January 15, 2012 9:56 p.m.

    I feel like with my consistantly low income it would be easier for me to pay a smaller fee spread out over time for the maps as they release. Does anyone know how many maps, how often, and how much they will be? all im concerned about is maps not the other features. I want to know money difference
  • mentalityljs - September 27, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    Should've integrated all this crap into Steam, FOR FREE!. Yet another prime example of consumer rape. Sorry Activision, I don't care if your new "service" was the cure for cancer, my butthole shall forever remain a virgin from your greedy, Corporate C*ck!
  • fkafl - September 5, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    I have one HUGE issue with Elite. The website is still broken. Every time I try to login it takes me to a screen that says: "CALL OF DUTY® ELITE IS CURRENTLY IN CLOSED BETA TEST. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE QUALIFIED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS YOU PROVIDED. THANK YOU FOR SIGNING UP!" Uh, what??? The game comes out in less then three months and they just had the XP event to hype it. Come on, IW, get your sh*t together.
  • DryvBy - September 5, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Geez, this article is part of the problem with gaming. Maps used to be a kickback to the community to continue in the games, but now they're a market. But now we have GR adverting a horrible service as being "worth it" because it gives gamers ... nothing new! From the trailer of MW3, nothing is new. Same ol' bullcrap we've been playing. Welcome to the new Madden.
  • Zeb364 - September 5, 2011 1:47 p.m.

    Just as a point of fact; only Black Ops's map packs totaled $60, MW2's cost $30. So there's really no way to be sure how many map packs they'll release (and therefore the total cost of all of them). I still think that if you're a regular Call of Duty player who buys all the map packs then Elite is a no-brainer. I personally don't fit that criteria so I won't be getting the premium version but I have friends who do and I've been telling them to do so.
  • EdDeRs1 - September 5, 2011 7:13 a.m.

    did we ever get global thermonuclear war on MW2? cos thats all that i can think about when people say "new modes" (plus the Halo rip off)
  • Ironarm - September 4, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Oh. Is it that time of the day already? Time to hate on Call of Duty? Alrighty then... I actually find all of this rage against CoD and Elite absolutely hysterical. The elite is actually quite a good deal IF YOU KNOW THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BUY ALL THE MAP PACKS! That's what this article is trying to get across. It's a nice little discount if you're an avid fan that wants all the maps. Think of everything else included as a little bonus. Of course they'll leave that stuff out of the free version because, and I know this is going to be really hard to believe, Activision IS A BUSINESS. A business tries to MAKE A PROFIT off of its product! They're not forcing you to pay for Elite the second you pop in MW3. It's entirely your choice. If you don't want Elite then don't pay for it. Just please stop the complaining. I never get DLC for CoD so I won't be getting this, but I can see how it's a great deal for those that will download the maps. It will more than likely do pretty well since there are a TON of avid fans that will go crazy over the stat tracking and the discounted maps. I'll see you all tomorrow when we find another thing about MW3 to complain about!
  • ParagonT - September 5, 2011 3:39 p.m.

    I'm not sure at what point that your trying to make here... Are you saying that SINCE they are a business, that we should be quite and say nothing? That BECAUSE it's their product, that we should just take it or leave it? That is the most childish statement I've heard so far. This industry didn't just pop out of the blue my friend, it was the CONSUMERS that made it this way. Not your half-baked excuse for why you have a right to complain about others and others cannot do the same. BECAUSE consumers made it this way, people can complain, suggest, and generally raise heck if they wish to. By doing what your suggesting, your one of the reasons that the game industry will fail once they nickel and dime every consumer out there. By laying down and taking whatever they throw at us is why these services that would have been included exist. Because you don't question them. People "complain" in order to relay information just as much as people praise. They're not here for you. I don't like the service, and do to me relaying this information about my personal opinion, I have actually influenced someones opinion. Cool how society works right? I'm sure this is a great deal for those that wishes to purchases it, that's not the question here. I just find it sickening that people can praise a game, but gosh forbid disagree with something.
  • Ironarm - September 5, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    Eh. My main point I was trying to make is don't buy it if you don't want it. Probably could have worded it better, but whatever. Sorry if I offended you with my stupidity.
  • Kazmakistan - September 4, 2011 9:11 p.m.

    This article is a joke. Honestly, this content is not worth $50.
  • paul212 - September 4, 2011 3:36 p.m.

    Hey, activision is generously allowing us to pay 50$ for content that should have been in the game in the first place.
  • DryvBy - September 5, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    Coming soon: pay to play single player! GR claims it's worth it because ???
  • JohnnySpazwhacker - September 4, 2011 9 a.m.

    I still haven't bought Modern Warfare 2 because it's still over £20 in the shops. Why do Activision keep their games so overpriced? Compare it to the fact I can get AC:Brotherhood for £12 from, and that game's not even a year old yet!
  • ParagonT - September 4, 2011 7:58 a.m.

    I wonder how much they pay you guys to say good things about Sh1t like this? Just wondering...
  • AnonymouZ - September 4, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    me too! but... at least i hope they get money out of it as well... xD that way they don't have to do it again
  • JayQ - September 3, 2011 1:17 p.m.

    It's funny reading these comments, I bet the internet will literally catch on fire from all the raging BF3 fanboys when MW3 outsells BF3 at least 3 to 1.
  • Money - September 3, 2011 6:54 p.m.

    It's odd in their hatred campaign of COD they've made me hate Battlefield twice as much.
  • brickman409 - September 4, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    3 bajillion idiots will probably pay 60$ for the same game they bought last year, but ill be happy to be one of the 10 idiots who decided to pay 60$ for a game similar to one i bought last year ... but with destruction physics.
  • thelostmc - September 3, 2011 12:15 p.m.

    I would prefer to not spend $60 a year on live and another $50 for a crappy game.

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