Call of Duty Elite pricing and more revealed

Call of Duty Elite, the online service for fans of the popular first person shooter series, was first announced back in May. At the time the game's publisher Activision said that many of the features will be free to access but others would require a fee. Today, the publisher announced that the premium Call of Duty Elite features will cost fans $49.95 a year to access. The pricing and other details were released as part of a newly relaunched Call of Duty Elite web site.

The service, which is currently in beta testing, will officially launch on November 8, the date that the next game in the series, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, ships to stores. The features that will be available to all of its users will include creating your player profile, joining public groups and private clans, and guides for the game's levels, weapons and other aspects. Free users will also be able to upload custom gameplay videos and access Call of Duty Elite from a variety of outlets, including apps made for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 devices.

For members who pay $49.95 a year, perhaps the biggest benefit will be free access to Modern Warfare 3's future downloadable content. Activision is promising that the game will have monthly DLC releases that will add new maps, game play modes, missions and more. Paid members will also have access to more advanced clan features, eight times the storage space for uploading gameplay videos, daily competitions for prizes, exclusive Call of Duty themed entertainment content and more.

If you are an Xbox 360 or PS3 owner, an easy way to get access to Call of Duty Elite's premium features is simply to buy the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. Activision has announced the contents of the special edition of the game, which will be priced at $99.99. Buyers will get a year's free access to Call of Duty Elite's premium features as part of the package. It also comes with a 100 page "field journal" that goes over the entire Modern Warfare storyline as well as other extras.

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I'm really sick of people comparing Activision/Blizzard to each other saying "Look what Valve did with herp derp." Valve may be a bit innovate but Activision knows how to make boat-loads of money, and has many other companies as a part of it. Valve doesn't.

DarkSim905 said,
I'm really sick of people comparing Activision/Blizzard to each other saying "Look what Valve did with herp derp." Valve may be a bit innovate but Activision knows how to make boat-loads of money, and has many other companies as a part of it. Valve doesn't.

You dont think Valve make a boat load of cash? Laughable.

no premium edition for PC if you get all the DLC free all year round plus that extra stuff this may be worth it (for a CoD nut anyways...)

rajputwarrior said,
no premium edition for PC if you get all the DLC free all year round plus that extra stuff this may be worth it (for a CoD nut anyways...)

You don't get the DLC for free. You get it discounted.

What's going to happen is that they're going to phase out this Elite bs, and they're going to make the price of games rise, while lowering the price for Elite... eventually games will cost $110.

Mark my words, it's going to happen.. I mean, people who pay for Elite, on Xbox 360, are paying $160 to play online. Per Year.

nominak said,
What's going to happen is that they're going to phase out this Elite bs, and they're going to make the price of games rise, while lowering the price for Elite... eventually games will cost $110.

Mark my words, it's going to happen.. I mean, people who pay for Elite, on Xbox 360, are paying $160 to play online. Per Year.

Actually, it will go the other way. The goal of all of these companies is to get people to SUBSCRIBE, which means regular, predictable wallet withdrawals - like WoW.

excalpius said,

Actually, it will go the other way. The goal of all of these companies is to get people to SUBSCRIBE, which means regular, predictable wallet withdrawals - like WoW.

But it's not like wow though, wow is cheap. This is not. This is paying $110 a year on top of other services at times.

I'm sure people never thought they'd be paying $60 per game many years ago, but here we are.

nominak said,

But it's not like wow though, wow is cheap. This is not. This is paying $110 a year on top of other services at times.

I'm sure people never thought they'd be paying $60 per game many years ago, but here we are.


Where are you get getting that $110 per year figure from?

TCLN Ryster said,

Where are you get getting that $110 per year figure from?

$60 for the game, and $49 for Elite per year.

I want the original Call of Duty back. This is getting stupid now. I remember the good ol' days Pavlov 24/7 Rifles Only servers.... Miss that BIGTIME!

SinghKing said,
I want the original Call of Duty back. This is getting stupid now. I remember the good ol' days Pavlov 24/7 Rifles Only servers.... Miss that BIGTIME!

Then play it! The original Call of Duty didn't evaporate.

I'll probably buy MW3 soon after a release, it will be some time before its reduced. As for DLC, never again, the first 2 for Black ops were rubbish and were the same old rubbish, the third one looked better, but the first 2 were a let down so I thought no point in buy anything else, its a waste of money.

Shibby said,
I'll probably buy MW3 soon after a release, it will be some time before its reduced. As for DLC, never again, the first 2 for Black ops were rubbish and were the same old rubbish, the third one looked better, but the first 2 were a let down so I thought no point in buy anything else, its a waste of money.

The third map pack has turned out to be brilliant, with the second one close behind. The first one is just fine and the maps are in regular rotation everywhere, they just aren't as exciting as the other two. They've kept the game "fresh" for me.

So much for a pick up and play casual game, it was bad enough having a new pack out every month. I havent bought the last 2 packs and will hold off buying any for mw3.

No way am i subbing to this i used the beta twice and found it pointless, not been to look at it since.

BIG_FREAK said,
umm this type of info is all free with BF3

Long live team play.

All the player stats and social networking features are FREE in COD Elite as well.

I don't think BF3's Battlelog is doing anything for free that COD Elite is doing for a price.

How have people not understood this yet?

Lamp0 said,

How have people not understood this yet?

Cause haters want to hate. 8P

It's essentially a subscription to the maps/DLC which costs as much as they do in total. Everything else in the paid version is probably useless filler, but if you're one of those people who buy all the maps, this will be more convenient once a year.

My big question is whether PC Elite users get the maps when the Xbox Elite users do, or do they still have to wait a month?

Also, how long will the maps and other DLC be exclusive to the Elite service after they get released? All this is doing is leading to a fragmented player base.

TCLN Ryster said,
Also, how long will the maps and other DLC be exclusive to the Elite service after they get released? All this is doing is leading to a fragmented player base.

Elite members get the packs broken up monthly. Every 3 months they release all the stuff Elite got in a pack for 15 bucks for non elite members.

I cant believe they can do this! Charge you £40 for a game and then another £40-£50 to play it online for a year! They know that everyone will end up buying it because of peer pressure for one. Secondly, if they release the DLC at £6 a pack or whatever it costs, it simply makes sense to pay the yearly fee. I get that there will be a free version, but as always, it will suck.
I find this totally ridiculous.

Guth said,
I cant believe they can do this! Charge you £40 for a game and then another £40-£50 to play it online for a year! They know that everyone will end up buying it because of peer pressure for one. Secondly, if they release the DLC at £6 a pack or whatever it costs, it simply makes sense to pay the yearly fee. I get that there will be a free version, but as always, it will suck.
I find this totally ridiculous.

You don't pay to play online. You pay to get extra features. It is 100% optional.

Guth said,
I cant believe they can do this! Charge you £40 for a game and then another £40-£50 to play it online for a year! They know that everyone will end up buying it because of peer pressure for one. Secondly, if they release the DLC at £6 a pack or whatever it costs, it simply makes sense to pay the yearly fee. I get that there will be a free version, but as always, it will suck.
I find this totally ridiculous.

What are you talking about? They are NOT charging you to play online. COD Elite is a service that will provide in depth player statistics and social networking features. All that stuff is FREE. What you pay for is the advanced clan features, tournaments, daily ranked competitions with prizes and all the DLC for the game.

Lamp0 said,
What are you talking about? They are NOT charging you to play online. COD Elite is a service that will provide in depth player statistics and social networking features. All that stuff is FREE. What you pay for is the advanced clan features, tournaments, daily ranked competitions with prizes and all the DLC for the game.
You know, all this sort of stuff used to be free on the PC. In fact, just look at what Valve has done with Team Fortress 2 - it was never a full priced game, yet was regularly updated with huge updates; they then made it free-2-play. Yet COD games are released above the typical RRP, receive HUGELY over priced DLC and they keep the price high years after each game is released. To me that is greed.

So, is what Activision doing here reasonable? No. Does it make good business sense? Yes.

theyarecomingforyou said,
You know, all this sort of stuff used to be free on the PC. In fact, just look at what Valve has done with Team Fortress 2 - it was never a full priced game, yet was regularly updated with huge updates; they then made it free-2-play. Yet COD games are released above the typical RRP, receive HUGELY over priced DLC and they keep the price high years after each game is released. To me that is greed.

So, is what Activision doing here reasonable? No. Does it make good business sense? Yes.

So what if it used to be free on PC? I mean what does that even mean? That no DLC can have any monetary value? That no one in there right mind would ever buy DLC?

Plenty of people love to play COD every year and the price of DLC is more than made up for in the amount of entertainment they get from it. If you don't see value in it then it's clearly not for you, but that doesn't mean it's over priced.

Lamp0 said,
So what if it used to be free on PC? I mean what does that even mean? That no DLC can have any monetary value? That no one in there right mind would ever buy DLC?
Just that maps should be released for free as part of ongoing support for the product, which is especially the case when they're re-releasing maps from previous versions of the game as DLC. I can understand charging for a new game-mode or a substantial change to the game but charging £10+ for a handful of maps is - like I previously asserted - greed.

Team Fortress 2 is a MORE popular game that received better FREE support and Valve then went as far as making the game free. So what's my point? That it's foolish to pay such a high price when products that are - imo - better quality represent much better value.

Activision has a well-established history of milking franchises and over charging gamers. Perhaps if they were offering a radically new gaming experience I would happily support it but they're charging more for something that has been better and without cost. Heck, look at Tribes: Ascend - they're offering the entire game for free. And the upcoming Counter-Strike will also inevitably receive a lot of free support from Valve and the game will cost less than MW3.

So yes, I do question why people continue to support this franchise. It stopped being about the gamers a long time ago.

TF2 had to go free or drop the price really low because it seem silly for it to stay at $20 for a game that came out in 2007. They get their money from the in-game store for the "free" support. The free stuff is just the same weapon with diffrent stats. They need to give people more maps.

M_Lyons10 said,

And 100% a waste of money.

ONLY if you wouldn't have bought the DLC to begin with OR you just don't play this game very much.

For those that play almost every day AND who buy all of the DLC maps, it would save them money over a year (assuming more than 3 DLC map packs per year).

There still will be idiots lining up days in advance outside of a game shop to buy it. Shame.

The CoD franchise used to be really good back in the ol' days but the Franchise needs to stop. At least give it a few years before coming back to it.

Tony. said,
There still will be idiots lining up days in advance outside of a game shop to buy it. Shame.

The CoD franchise used to be really good back in the ol' days but the Franchise needs to stop. At least give it a few years before coming back to it.

I love going to the midnight releases for all the people you meet among all the other things you get. It's a fun night. At the store I buy mine from, you show up at 6:00pm and you'll be first in line. Last year, I got a free hat and a few posters.

I've already preordered and paid for mine. I've been sick of the series for a bit now but still want to play the campaign. I might just pay that little bit more to get the extra stuff. It would be more for the dlc than just being a part of that group.

DerpDerp said,
**** yeah, Americans looking to throw their cash away...

Is Elite only limited to the US or did I miss something here?

dead.cell said,

Is Elite only limited to the US or did I miss something here?

No but you can figure out where most of the subscriptions will be from.

DerpDerp said,

No but you can figure out where most of the subscriptions will be from.

To be fair, that's because it's not available in South Korea or China...

DerpDerp said,
**** yeah, Americans looking to throw their cash away...

You bash America a lot, considering you don't have the balls to put where you live in your profile, coward. Maybe some of us have cash to spend and aren't worried about a measly 50 bucks.

Oh, and constantly quoting Team America is really working for you...

spedanden said,

You bash America a lot, considering you don't have the balls to put where you live in your profile, coward. Maybe some of us have cash to spend and aren't worried about a measly 50 bucks.

Oh, and constantly quoting Team America is really working for you...


Yes, because Team America invented the phrase "F**k yeah".

TCLN Ryster said,

Yes, because Team America invented the phrase "F**k yeah".

On the forums on multiple occasions he's used "Uhmeeeerica - **** yeah". I guess his brain is incapable of separating the three words by chance?

spedanden said,

You bash America a lot, considering you don't have the balls to put where you live in your profile, coward. Maybe some of us have cash to spend and aren't worried about a measly 50 bucks.

Oh, and constantly quoting Team America is really working for you...


Uhhhmerika, hurr durr yeah!

I am from NL.

Merson316 said,
$50? Anyone now who wants this and doesn't buy the Hardened edition is just stupid.

Does it really save you any money though? Won't the game be around $ 50? So with a year of Elite it would be $ 100 anyway...

M_Lyons10 said,

Does it really save you any money though? Won't the game be around $ 50? So with a year of Elite it would be $ 100 anyway...

Hardened comes with Elite for a year so it makes sense to buy that over the normal edition and the sub together.

" It also comes with a 100 page "field journal" that goes over the entire Modern Warfare storyline"

What storyline? "You are a guy who shoots people"? How do they even spread that over half a page?

AFineFrenzy said,
" It also comes with a 100 page "field journal" that goes over the entire Modern Warfare storyline"

What storyline? "You are a guy who shoots people"? How do they even spread that over half a page?


LMAO!

AFineFrenzy said,
" It also comes with a 100 page "field journal" that goes over the entire Modern Warfare storyline"

What storyline? "You are a guy who shoots people"? How do they even spread that over half a page?

If thats all your brain is capable of comprehending as you play, then that is unfortunate. I guess all movies are just people moving and talking on camera, all books are just pieces of paper with words.

j

spedanden said,

If thats all your brain is capable of comprehending as you play, then that is unfortunate. I guess all movies are just people moving and talking on camera, all books are just pieces of paper with words.

Yes because the COD's "plot" can be compared to films and books. Christ I have seen pornos with better and more comprehensible storylines than COD's. Few people play it for the single player so I think his tongue in cheek comment is a legitimate one.

mattacular said,
j Yes because the COD's "plot" can be compared to films and books. Christ I have seen pornos with better and more comprehensible storylines than COD's. Few people play it for the single player so I think his tongue in cheek comment is a legitimate one.

I didn't compare the plot of CoD to books and movies. Learn to read and comprehend. I made examples of his thought process. If all you get from the story of CoD is a guy running around with a gun you are a drone that is only worried about running around shooting people with a gun, mashing the "skip dialogue" button between levels. They all had stories, and pretty cool ones to boot.

And im well aware of the fact people play for MP, Im pretty sweet at it *toots horn*

AFineFrenzy said,
" It also comes with a 100 page "field journal" that goes over the entire Modern Warfare storyline"

What storyline? "You are a guy who shoots people"? How do they even spread that over half a page?

Lol...Screenshots maybe?