Call of Duty web video series to be part of Elite subscription

More details are being revealed about Call of Duty Elite, the newly announced social networking service for fans of Activision's first person shooter series. The service was officially announced on Tuesday after months of rumors and will feature both free and subscription based services. One of the features of the paid version, according to the Guardian, is a video web series based on the Call of Duty franchise.

Eric Hirshberg, the head of Activision Publishing, told the web site, "We have engaged some top Hollywood talent to create linear video content that will be exclusive to Elite members. That content is inspired by Call of Duty." It's not yet clear if the web series will be a live action production or an animated series. When asked for specifics, Hirshberg said that more info will be revealed later in 2011. However he did say that offering content to Call of Duty Elite subscribers such as a web video series was needed to keep players interested in the brand. He said, "If you're a sports fan, there are lots of ways for you to connect with that hobby, that passion, not just on the day that the games are played, but throughout the week, and we wanted to give [Call of Duty players] real entertainment value."

In related news, a game analyst has already predicted how many subscribers will sign up for Call of Duty Elite when it goes live later in 2011. Industry Gamers quotes EEDAR's Jesse Divnich as saying that he expects that 1.5 million subscribers will sign on by the end of 2011 and between 2 million and 4 million subscribers will subscribe to the service in its first 12 months. EEDAR assumes that Activision will offer the service for $4.99 a month (Activision has yet to officially reveal the subscription rates).

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pfft, good luck CoD its been nice knowing you.

A series of videos inspired by COD.....errr ok isnt that black ops/youtube content

I have the feeling those will get ripped and copied somewhere on the Internet after they get released. Well, like everything..

Sorry if I didn't understand it well. So If I have this on my XBOX360, well I need to play for two subscriptions?

The web series will be all over the internet 5 minutes after it is over. So, that is hardly going to make people pay for it. Try again.

Maybe they could spend this extra cash into making a proper PC port rather than the sad excuse the last three games have been. Perhaps, just perhaps maybe use DIRECT X 11 for a change.

However he did say that offering content to Call of Duty Elite subscribers such as a web video series was needed to keep players interested in the brand.

Or, you could try making a better game..

However he did say that offering content to Call of Duty Elite subscribers such as a web video series was needed to keep players interested in the brand.

You don't need movie shorts to keep people interested in a billion dollar grossing game that comes out every year. As **** as I think CoD is it still has a massive following from all walks of life.

So, a machinima series using Call of Duty.

First, they copied Bungie.net, now they're copying Red vs. Blue. I wouldn't be surprised if Rooster Teeth were doing this one too, in the same way it wouldn't surprise me if Bungie's doing Call of Duty Elite.

MightyJordan said,
So, a machinima series using Call of Duty.

First, they copied Bungie.net, now they're copying Red vs. Blue. I wouldn't be surprised if Rooster Teeth were doing this one too, in the same way it wouldn't surprise me if Bungie's doing Call of Duty Elite.

It didn't say it'll necessarily be a machinima.

Wow, and here I thought all the dumb, useless crap was only going to be for the unpaid subscription plan...