Call of Duty Elite explained, FAQ added and Beta Link inside
Put down those pitchforks and torches, all the rumors that Activision is going to charge you money to play Modern Warfare 3 and other future CoD games are now stamped into the ground. Activision has just confirmed that Call of Duty is nothing more than what I would call a Facebook for CoD fans, you may see it differently but I mean the main purpose of CoD Elite is setting up games, sharing gameplay videos, comparing stats, finding clans and stuff.
As you can see from the above video the future of CoD multiplayer is free for now and for good, CoD Elite is an optional program for those of you seeking to arrange tournaments and other hardcore CoD stuff. So in the end of the day I am just really grateful that all the rumors of Activision making CoD pay to play were NOT true after all. After Killzone 3 I find the multiplayer of a CoD game very fun with friends 😀 I hope that never changes.
While this is nothing more than a gimmick (I am sorry if I offended anyone who thinks this is a good idea) to raise some extra cash but knowing Activision they can find a good way to market this.
EDIT: I have just come across a really useful FAQ on Guardian
Will I have to subscribe to Elite in order to play Call of Duty online?
No. "It's worth repeating," said Berger during the reveal event, "Call of Duty does not and will not charge for multiplayer – that is our continued commitment to our players." Berger also reiterated the fact that some elements of Elite will be free to Modern Warfare 3 buyers, including the career stats and groups elements.
How can Activision justify charging for a social networking service?
Well, Elite will have already cost millions of dollars to set up. Activision has formed a new development studio, Beachhead, to create the system. Berger also stated that the publisher is employing "a standalone service team to provide worldwide 24/7 customer service for Elite members". That all costs money.
If map packs are included in the Elite subscription, does that mean I'll have to subscribe in order to get DLC from now on?
No, you'll be able to buy Modern Warfare 3 map packs without subscribing.
Will the service begin with MW3?
Yes, but it's also backwards compatible, to some extent, with Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2. These titles will feature a more limited version of Elite.
Is Elite multi-platform?
Yes, the service will work with PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the Call of Duty titles.
Will I be able to access my Elite account from different devices?
Yes, according to Berger: "The Beachhead team has adopted a philosophy that we call 'the four screens'. The idea is, when we launch Elite, it will be customised for mobile applications, on the television itself and within the game interface." An iPhone app is apparently launching later in the year.
If this is a success, will other publishers follow suit?
If there's the possibility of a new revenue stream, other publishers are bound to develop similar models. Electronic Arts, for example, is already experimenting with monitised multiplayer gaming, via its Online Pass system, which charges a one-off fee to buyers of pre-owned games who want to play online. The thing is, Call of Duty is one of the biggest entertainment brands in the world, and it has a vast, loyal user-base. As Activision pointed out during its London preview event, all four of the Call of Duty titles released between 2007 and 2010 are in the top ten most played Xbox Live titles. It's doubtful whether there are many other franchises that have the brand loyalty and mass appeal to support a similar proposition. But this time next year, if Activision is raking in millions of extra dollars from its Elite community, don't rule out a surge of similar announcements…
FAQ Source: Guardian UK
UPDATE: The BETA for this is already open for signup go HERE to sign up for it before it expires
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