Rumor: Call of Duty Elite, MW3 logo and cover outed

Wednesday, 11th May 2011 15:09 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A post over on the Electric Hydra forums (via Destructoid) has what it claims are logos for Modern Warfare 3 and something called Call of Duty: Elite.

Kotaku has also posted what looks to be the game’s cover art. Get all the images in the gallery below.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 getting an official reveal could honestly happen any day now, so if the logo posted is indeed the real deal, it’s really not so outrageous.

The game is rumored to be called for the time being Call of Duty Project Colossus, at least according to the placeholder posted by Tesco earlier this week, and the game is supposedly also getting a full reveal in the next issue of OPM.

However, what’s most interesting of all is the Call of Duty: Elite logo posted, which we’re going to assume, if real, is the Beachhead Studios online initiative Activision has been working on for the last couple of years, and briefly chatted about during its call to investors on Monday.

Activision’s much-mentioned Call of Duty online system will, according to the firm, include “in-game integration” which will bring together console and PC play “for the first time”.

“On our last call, I told you that we had formed a wholly-owned development studio called Beachhead to lead the creation of an all new connected digital universe to the Call of Duty franchise,” said CEO Bobby Kotick on Monday. “This platform will include a suite of services and content plans that will unite and ignite the community like never before. The platform will support in-game integration and bring online experiences and console play together for the first time.

“It’s been in development for almost 2 years and we’re very excited about this increased value and excitement we can bring to our community through this platform.”

“It is the response to the passion people have for the game, the amount that people want to engage one another in a connected way,” added said games head Eric Hirshberg. “We want to create an experience that was amplifying enough to be able to be monetized.”

Hopefully, we’ll hear more about this soon. Meanwhile, we’ve sent a mail to see if we can get any comment whatsoever.



  1. Blerk

    Jesus, I hope that’s a fake.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Moonwalker1982

    The hype…..a logo for a game, really? Sigh..who cares.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Maximum Payne

    On a first thought M16 akimbo :P
    On the second thought maybe it’s for Cod:Online logo…

    #3 4 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    That looks fucking terrible.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. daytripper

    i’d love to see the meltdown if elite was a online 3rd person shooter like socom….oh wait

    #5 4 years ago


    Case closed.

    #6 4 years ago

    Lol, consoles fanboys will vs pc fanboys? First, MS failed long before. Second, Valve could do it better with their platform – Steam! And third, a new war between 2 realms above will open! :))

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Roberto Guedes

    If it is not fake, then it was reaaly based on a brazilian special troops and a movie called “Tropa de Elite”. This is the logo:

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    I’ve added the supposed cover art there as well.

    #9 4 years ago

    The cover art is also blatantly fake.

    I could make that cover from scratch in less than 3 minutes.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Hunam

    I can’t see them substituting the word Modern Warfare entirely. It’s something they have never done before.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Patrick Garratt

    Going on the original state of those logos and the fact they were posted with the Spyro logo – which is definitely real – they look genuine. As soon as those logos appeared Kotaku ran that cover, presumably because it has the same logo on it.

    I bet they’re real.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. deadstoned

    The cover doesnt have the 3 studios who are working on the game so I expect its fake. But then again I could believe that Activision would try and take all credit for COD.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. StolenGlory


    Agreed, it’s never gonna happen.

    That, and Dave can’t understand acronyms unless he sees them in The Sun.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Grief. They may turn out to be real, but they’ll still be shit. :shock:

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Alakratt

    i kinda like it

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Freek

    That looks super unproffesional, for Acti sake I hope it’s fake, because nobody should have been payed for that.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. xino

    not legit!

    why would a publisher call a game by its abbreviation?
    it’s called Modern Warfare 3 not MW3. Only fanboys and lazyassholes cannot be bothered to type out the full name:/

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Patrick Garratt

    Interesting. That’s a good point about the acronym thing. I reckon we’re going to know either way very soon, personally.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Blerk

    What if…. they had to call it MW3 because of the ongoing court case? Could that happen?

    #20 4 years ago

    @ Pat:

    What will you give me if you’re wrong?

    #21 4 years ago
  22. EscoBlades

    I agree Pat. I fired off an email to their PR when i saw the Spyro one, because that had first appeared in the slides from the financial call the other day. They confirmed that the Spyro and Transformers ones were legit. hey declined to confirm or deny the CoD ones though.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Freek

    The snow effect on the soldiers legs is just some default brush strokes. The elite logo is some gun shapes with an overdone bevel layer style on it. That’s not artwork commissioned by a big publishers, it’s some fanboys work.

    #23 4 years ago

    @ Blerk:

    Only if they expected to lose, which I doubt they would.

    In any case, why would they be able to use an acronym that batantly stands for some words that they were not able to use?

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Patrick Garratt

    @21 – My undying respect.

    @22 – Yeah, I reckon they’re legit if I’m being honest.

    #25 4 years ago

    Woo hoo!

    Ok, I’ll hold you to that, Pat.

    *Makes mental note to remember story*

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Freek

    Also “greyscale soldier on white background” is Battlefields destinctive art style, why would CoD mimmick that?

    #27 4 years ago
  28. UuBuU

    Bringing console and PC gaming together? Really?

    PLEASE, DO NOT. Online FPS games are absolute shit on consoles, and the people who play them are retards who wouldn’t know a good FPS experience if it shot them in the face. Don’t dumb down the PC experience so the two can merge into one.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    They should have taken the M which they used as the W, simply turned it sideways and used it as the 3 as well. Would have fit well with the MW theme

    #29 4 years ago
  30. minxamo

    LOL the ‘call of duty’ part is just a mix of the BC2 and BF3 texts.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. SpiderMullen

    Booby Kotick???? :p

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Erthazus

    That should be FAKE to be honest.

    Especially ELITE badge. It’s like Activision straight trying to say: Hey, Fratboys, BUY THIS SHIT :D

    #32 4 years ago
  33. Blerk

    “Booby” Kotick sounds about right. Given that he’s a tit.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Erthazus

    the logo is just out of the place. Last Time MW1-MW2 logo was perfect to be honest.

    It was in a sense of a conspiracy theories “thing”. It felt like a secret mission, but now, especially with ELITE badge it’s just some cheap kiddy photoshopped CLAN badge. Especially that “ELITE” is just FUCKING hillarious and annoying at the same time.

    If it’s true (IT CAN’T BE), they should name a COLLECTORS edition to “ELITE ED1T1ON” :D

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Redh3lix

    ‘Elite’ badge = worst Photoshop bevel evaaar, along with shite design. This is screaming fake.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. biocane

    “why would a publisher call a game by its abbreviation?”

    Because all the Modern Warfare fuss was due to Infinity Ward wanting to differentiate from the Treyarch’s CODs and build their own new franchise.

    But Acti has all the interest in remarking the COD brand and leaving MW as a simple subtitle.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Stephany Nunneley

    Christ. Boobs on the mind apparently. No, for some reason I am adding extra “o’s” to everything today. Even my own damned name. (Steoh)

    #37 4 years ago
  38. EscoBlades

    Not even gonna ask Steph :P

    #38 4 years ago
  39. urbz2011

    Im pretty sure this was photoshop.

    #39 4 years ago
  40. DarkElfa

    You what pisses me off about the stupid little kiddies screaming photoshop in here like they coined the term? The fact that of fucking course its photoshop you damned clown shoes. Photoshop is the industry standard art creation program. Ever poster and cover you see nowadays was done in photoshop. How do you expect it to look?

    If you want to say it looks fake or nonprofessional, say that shit and stop throwing around “net” words. Otherwise, yes its photoshop, whether its a fake or not, so either clarify yourselves or stop spouting the obvious.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. B.E.S.O

    Maybe those logos are for the “Shitty Edition”

    Hardened and Prestige wont work anymore, you know ~

    #41 4 years ago
  42. urbz2011

    Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaggggggggggeeeeeeee much?

    #42 4 years ago
  43. Freek

    @41, The Bro-tastic edition. Comes with a 6 pack of CoD branded beer a CoD baseball cap with the Elite logo on it and a poster featuring a random slut holding the game. In order to qualify for this fantastic offer you have to shout atleast one racist and or homophobic comment at the store clerc when pre-ordering the game.

    #43 4 years ago
  44. Noodlemanny

    I would defiantly say this is genuine. Its obvious that someone worked quite hard on this and it DOES look professional despite what everyone is saying. This stuff may not be what ends up on the actual cover, but I would say this is prototype brain storming and ideas. Possibly they leaked it to see what people think. Not well here anyway. Yeah the text looks a bit blocky and yeah the front cover looks a bit plain as does the elite badge but as I said its probably Beta stuff so they’re going to change and adjust it before release.
    I’d bet top dollar that that ^^^ is genuine.

    #44 4 years ago
  45. AHA-Lambda

    if it is actually going to be known as MW3 then i’ll be disappointed and generally filled with feelings of WTF? O__o

    Why not just call it Modern Warfare 3?

    Anyway cool box art, SHITE logo.

    From the sounds of CoD ELITE its maybe sumthin in vien of EA’s recent sports pass thing =/

    #45 4 years ago

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