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News 05-31-11 07:50 AM

Call of Duty Elite to bring monthly subscription service to multiplayer
 
The trailer above confirms the long-rumoured Call of Duty premium subscription service. Call of Duty Elite is set to launch alongside Modern Warfare 3. It will add social networking features like Facebook integration, video sharing, friends lists, groups, competitive leaderboards and more to Call of Duty's multiplayer. Some of these features, like the Facebook integration, will be free, others will require a monthly subscription fee. Activision haven't announced which features will be paid-for just yet, and the amount of the monthly fee hasn't been decided either. Activision insist that players won't be forced to pay to play online.

The video above shows off a few of the new features, including peformance tracking software that shows players their effectiveness with each weapon on each map. Call of Duty Elite will go live with Modern Warfare 3, and will be be backwards compatible with Call of Duty: Black Ops. The Wall Street Journal report that new multiplayer maps could be released as part of the service as well.

VP of Call of Duty digital, Jamie Berger told the Wall Street Journal that seven million people play Call of Duty online for an average of seven whole days a year, which means a monthly sub could potentially make bazillions for Activision, if players are prepared to pay, that is. Would you pay a subscription fee for Call of Duty?

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FlakMagnet 05-31-11 12:37 PM

Re: Call of Duty Elite to bring monthly subscription service to multiplayer
 
This is a very slippery slope. I hope the take-up for this 'Elite' service is very poor - otherwise I can see other companies doing the same :(

I didn't buy MW2 because of no dedicated servers. I'm not going to buy MW3 because of this 'Elite' cr^p. I know you can still play online without paying, but I don't want to encourage Activision into thinking they can pull this kind of stunt. Also, I can see the 'free to play' content being a bit thin on the ground, meaning you have to subscribe to get all weapons, maps etc. No way. No thanks.

I'm going to hope BF3 is everything it looks like it will be. If it is, then I won't miss CoD at all. Please don't let us down Dice, we're all counting on you! :D

Runningman 05-31-11 01:19 PM

Re: Call of Duty Elite to bring monthly subscription service to multiplayer
 
ummm someone needs to tell them this is something called "Steam" and we already get it for free...


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