Call of Duty Elite still planned for PC after all

Call of Duty Elite may have run into some post-launch problems last week due to massive player demand; but at least the stats and community service for players of Activision's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 first person shooter is now available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game. Earlier today PC fans were in an uproar that a delayed but still promised PC version of Call of Duty Elite might not happen after all.

According to a post earlier today on the official Call of Duty Elite Twitter page, "We are working towards a universal Elite experience but we cannot guarantee if or when a version will be available for the PC." However, a few hours later the same Twitter page posted an update, saying, "We misspoke. Our goal has always been to provide a free PC offering for ELITE. Stay tuned for an update as timing is still being determined."

A few weeks ago, Activision confirmed that the PC port of Call of Duty Elite would not launch at the same time as the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions Activision claimed at the time that the delay was due to the PC platform itself, saying, "The issue here is that the PC is an insecure platform. Without a central, trusted resource for stats, a lot of our competition features become unfair. We can’t give away prizes when people can easily cheat their stats. Leaderboards are less fun when a lot of the users are there unfairly."

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It's a lot of manpower to track and ban hackers. Apparently Activision is saying that they've chosen not to incur the added cost of that manpower to keep the Elite service secure. My guess is that it would have still been profitable, just not AS profitable, and so the bean-counters decided the PC users were expendable in this regard.

I'm still curious on why they purposely skipped the Dew XP and free prestige tokens for PC too.

Steam provides web api linking which could work very easily for both (and likely how to make ELITE work). And they could simply give people prestige tokens via a DLC entry by checking if players own one of the past COD games on steam to merely be fair since 0 vs 4 or more on start of game is kinda sad. And its not like MW2 and Blackops don't have players' stats stored on the servers for backup checking. I'm sure they could have software sift through who's vac banned and who jumped stats instantly to find legit prestiged users for those two.

Raa said,
What a load of BS. PC is an insecure platform, what and PS3 isn't? lol.

All three of the aforementioned platforms are "secure." Call of Duty just doesn't get quite the same market share from the PC community. From what I understand, Battlefield owns the PC space.

KevinMmm said,

All three of the aforementioned platforms are "secure." Call of Duty just doesn't get quite the same market share from the PC community. From what I understand, Battlefield owns the PC space.


Probably because Battlefield is better, and you actually get something new when they release a new game.

Raa said,
What a load of BS. PC is an insecure platform, what and PS3 isn't? lol.

You have to admit:...when was the last time you heard of a console suffering from a virus or spyware?

PC is an insecure platform?? No more so than the Xbox or PS3... I don't store my credit card details on my PC, can't say the same for the XBox (I still need to research how to remove them without losing my live subscription).

PC's can use SSL Certs in a browser, so I really don't see where the issue is...