More info on Call of Duty Elite revealed by Activision

This week's official announcement about Call of Duty Elite has sent some hardcore players of the Call of Duty shooter series into a frenzy, and not in a good way. The upcoming online service that will offer player stats, social networking features and more has been seen by some players as a way to get money out of them when they have previously played online for free. Now publisher Activision has posted up an FAQ about Call of Duty Elite that it hopes will quell some of the player's protests.

One big thing Activision is telling players about Call of Duty Elite is that they will still be able to play online multiplayer matches for free. Indeed the FAQ states flat out, "Even haters can play for free." The FAQ goes over a list of all the things that players can do for free on the Call of Duty Elite service. That includes things like tracking and sharing game stats with your friends, checking level "heat maps" and upload and share in-game player videos. Activision claims that the free portion of Call of Duty Elite "will be superior to any free service currently on the market."

While there will be a lot of free features, there will also be an optional premium subscription service for Call of Duty Elite. Activision isn't revealing all the premium features but they will include being able to download any future DLC map packs for free, coaching to improve players in their matches and more. There's still no word yet on how much this premium service will cost. As we have reported before, closed beta test sign ups have already started and Call of Duty Elite will officially launch with the release of the next game in the series, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, on November 8.

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COD franchise is a swizz. Feels like the same old game since MW, they charge you 1200 points per pack when updates used to be free.

McDave said,
COD franchise is a swizz. Feels like the same old game since MW, they charge you 1200 points per pack when updates used to be free.

How old is this argument? Updates != DLC

COACHING?? Seriously? Wow... who would want to admit they bought COD coaching hahaha I know there will be those who buy it.. but really?

The big question is will they have dedicated servers with 24/7 moderators looking for hackers and banning them.

That issue is killing CoD right now...period. If they don't address that, people are going to move on.

That issue is killing CoD right now...period. If they don't address that, people are going to move on.

I've never seen a hacker in any COD game on Xbox. Alot of "glitchers" in MW2 but never seen a hacker.

Valve released a bucketload of free content for Team Fortress 2 and still do. This came in the form of class updates, new game types, maps and a new training mode. While they have a "hat store" they still incrementally add in new content, again, free of charge.
A lot of servers run tend to have their own website where they display in depth player stats, too.

Yeah, it's not hard to release free content when almost every single one of your popular games is built on the same game engine and feels no different than any other game.

LiquidSolstice said,
Yeah, it's not hard to release free content when almost every single one of your popular games is built on the same game engine and feels no different than any other game.

You mean like COD?

ahhell said,

You mean like COD?

I was just about to say this, But as I do I shall expect the following reply to include statistics and numbers stating other wise blah blah blah.

ahhell said,

You mean like COD?

Nice circular argument. When you compare Valve to COD, that's the irony. Obviously COD does the same thing, but it seems PC gamers equate Valve to god and don't really want to see that fact.

LiquidSolstice said,

Nice circular argument. When you compare Valve to COD, that's the irony. Obviously COD does the same thing, but it seems PC gamers equate Valve to god and don't really want to see that fact.


The difference is that the source engine still holds up very well today despite being conceived around 7 years ago. The MW engine looks terrible and would never last that long. And I dont see how Valve games are now being equated to being like every other game out there... Since when was there such immersive games like Portal and Half-life2? Was Portal now based on a commonly found gameplay mechanic? Because as far as I can tell it was a fairly original and different concept.

Jenson said,
Pass.

I wont be playing this when the competition offer your premium services for free. Sad thing is it will still sell.


I fail to see what competition offers map packs and coaching that are free.....

danisflying527 said,

I fail to see what competition offers map packs and coaching that are free.....

well hate to beat a dead horse, but Battlefield Bad Company currently offers free map packs with your initial purchase.

It looks like BF3 might do it more like COD, but we'll have to see when it comes out.

danisflying527 said,

I fail to see what competition offers map packs and coaching that are free.....

DICE have a history of giving out free content.

When they dont its usually quite a substantial update like the Vietnam pack i picked that up for £10 which had new maps, weapons, vehicles, etc..

CoD on the other hand release map packs that usually include old maps from previous games with maybe one or two new maps for the same cost.

But i wasnt talking about just maps, this whole stat tracking CoD Elite rubbish. DICE are going to be including it for no extra cost for Battlefield 3.

Jenson said,

But i wasnt talking about just maps, this whole stat tracking CoD Elite rubbish. DICE are going to be including it for no extra cost for Battlefield 3.

READ the article. The stat tracking, and other features, will be FREE in Elite.

Jenson said,

But i wasnt talking about just maps, this whole stat tracking CoD Elite rubbish. DICE are going to be including it for no extra cost for Battlefield 3.

Cognitive failure.

Solution? RTFA.

Jenson said,
Pass.

I wont be playing this when the competition offer your premium services for free. Sad thing is it will still sell.

Have fun then, it's not like Activision will miss you.