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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LEVEL UP YOUR
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!
8X THE VIDEO UPLOAD
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.
Call of Duty
is the most played multiplayer game in the world, but obviously, some people
are better than the others. Here, real Call of Duty pros will walk you through
the stats and strategy to help you make sense of the heat maps and perks.
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.
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