The upcoming and somewhat controversial Call of Duty Elite online gaming service should begin its beta test later today. Activision's community web site One of Swords is announcing that the first beta invites will be sent out to select testers. The site adds, " ... the first wave will be very small. It will grow with time, so you might not get in immediately. Don’t let that worry you; slow and steady is part of the plan. It has to be, or this won’t work at all."
Call of Duty Elite, announced earlier this year, is Activision's way of adding more features for its massive fan base to the first person shooter franchise. It will give players access to player stats, along with level "heat maps" and the ability to upload and share player made in-game videos for free. There will also be a paid premium portion of Call of Duty Elite that will give players access to multiplayer coaches and more.
The actual beta test for Call of Duty Elite will require that players have the latest game in the series, Call of Duty Black Ops, installed in order to participate. The next game in the series, Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, will have Call of Duty Elite's feature intergrated into the final game when it is released on November 8. More info on Call of Duty Elite is scheduled to be revealed in early September during Activision's recently announced Call of Duty XP fan event in Los Angeles.