With Activision just three months away from releasing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to an awaiting world the game publisher has announced more details concerning Call of Duty XP, the big fan event it will be holding in Los Angeles on September 2-3. The most important new detail is the final venue for the event. It will be held at the the Hercules Campus where the late billionaire Howard Hughes built the famous and massive “Spruce Goose” airplane. The hanger where the plane was built has since been used as a sound stage for a number of movies.
While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC platforms on November 8, the Call of Duty XP event will showcase the first person shooter exclusively on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console. The fan event's Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer tournament will see 32 teams battle it out to win a share of the $1 million prize pool. Four of the teams will be picked at the Call of Duty XP event itself. The winning team will pocket the $400,000 grand prize. All Call of Duty XP attendees will get the chance to play Modern Warfare 3 two months before it is released. In addition all attendees will get a code to redeem a free copy of the Hardened Version of Modern Warfare 3. The contents of the Hardened Edition will be revealed at Call of Duty XP.
Attendees will also get a chance to check out Call of Duty Elite, the online service that will launch alongside Modern Warfare 3. Call of Duty Elite will feature “original programming” and a preview of one of those programming features will be shown at the fan event. The program is a collaboration between actors Jason Batman and Will Arnett and Arnett himself will be attending Call of Duty XP to show off the feature.
Tickets for Call of Duty XP are still on sale for $150 each at the event's official web site. All of the proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Activision's Call of Duty Endowment which helps military personnel find employment when they reenter civilian life.