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Report – Call of Duty Elite is both free and subs-based

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 03:00 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The mysterious Call of Duty Elite is reported to be a premium platform for online services above and beyond the standard Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer package.

The Wall Street Journal reports Call of Duty Elite will not replace the game’s traditional multiplayer offering, but serve as an enhancement.

Activision community manager Dan Amrich has confirmed the basic Call of Duty Elite service will be free, Confusingly, some of the service’s offerings are said to be free, including Facebook-like social elements for arranging matches. It will also supply players with metrics and analysis tools in order to assess – and hopefully learn from – their performance in-game.

For those willing to pony up, the service, billed monthly, will offer exclusive premium content such as new multiplayer maps. No pricing details were given, but Activision is said to be targeting the sweet spot of “comparable” online services like Netflix, which runs to $7.99 per month.

Activision leader Bobby Kotick apparently said the service is an “enormous investment”, thanks to the associated running costs.

We’ve contacted Activision and are awaiting comment. The Wall Street Journal is rumoured to have broken embargo, so keep an eye out for official word over the next few hours.

Activision has commented multiple times that it has sought some way to “monetise” Call of Duty’s phenomenally popular multiplayer side, and outed an upcoming online initiative during an investor call earlier in the month.

The unannounced service was said to be in development at Beachhead Studios for two years.

Call of Duty: modern Warfare 3 is due on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 before the end of the year, with a major reveal at E3.

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31 Comments

  1. ultramega

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhA. What a fucking joke.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. UuBuU

    I was somewhat interested in MW3, moreso than BF3… but this? This just puts me right off.

    They should be doing something to win back fans, like making the game fully moddable… not looking for more ways to make money.

    I’ve defended COD quite a lot against criticism in the past out of my love for MW1 and WaW, but i’m about ready to give up on the series completely.

    Another developers needs to step up and show both Activision and DICE how to make a truely great FPS game.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    I’ve updated the article – looks like the WSJ has it’s wired crossed about the service being subscription based only.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. LOLshock94

    fuck off

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Dralen

    Looks like that Pachter guy was right after all.

    Wow this really is just an awful, awful thing to do.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. muffinmn100

    Pay to see my stats? no thnx.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. xino

    so it’s basically Halo Waypoint but COD Waypoint, just as I guessed.

    MW is a money maker man, not COD.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. NightCrawler1970

    $7.99, a month??? gosh, i bet when no one is interesting, they will come with map-packs…ACTI are just a bunch of pot-smokers!!!!

    #8 4 years ago
  9. polygem

    this is a crime. it just is. no need to argue about it. morals anyone? MORALS? nothing learned? no? thanks.

    can´t someone steal (in this case this wouldn´t be a crime)…cod from acti and hand it out to someone with guts, a heart for their customers (who made them who they are) and common sense rather than just one with greedy hands. this will KILL a company in the long run. they will see. it´s huge profits short term but it wont work in the long run. they always forget they are not selling their games to zombies. sure there are new gamer generations growing up who might need to figure out whats going on themselfes and it might take a while. but you cannot piss on anyones leg forever not expecting to get a hard push back or even a punch in the face after some time. natural law you economic wonderplaners.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Hybridpsycho

    @7 Saying Black ops didn’t sell well?

    All the games sux, Black Ops is more fun than MW2 though :)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. sickpuppysoftware

    “comparable” online services like Netflix
    Comparable?
    “What film would you like to watch tonight dear?” “Can we watch the one where the screaming child pretends to dangle his gonads over our dead faces whilst a muffled, dull techno tune rumbles in the background?” “Yes we only watched it for 7 hours every night this week so far.”

    #11 4 years ago
  12. STEGUINO

    free map packs i’m in.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Erthazus

    This has finally turned me off from buying COD? FINALLY?

    they need to confirm it and i won’t buy it.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Yoshi

    @12 Are you actually a retard? Can you count? They would have to bring out map packs (at least 3 maps each month) to make it fair… this isn’t fair as they (and I will bet anyone ONE MILLION £) that they won’t bring out map packs every month

    #14 4 years ago
  15. M. K.

    #12STEGUINO
    31/05/11, 8:38 am
    free map packs i’m in.

    lol are you serious? If it’s going to be 7$ per month and you play it one year long until the next call of duty, you’ll pay 84$ just to get some maps? This is far more ridiculous than the actual DLC system, which is already a rip off in the most cases.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. noherczeg

    So they want people to pay for NEW maps instead of giving tools for fans to build them for potentially free???!!?!?

    Now i’ll totally ignore all these bullcrap COD games.

    Activision: i’m dissapoint.

    #9
    “They always forget they are not selling their games to zombies.”

    FAIL.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. SplatteredHouse

    “enormous investment”, huh? I think it’s more of a stupid expense, looking at what it offers at which bracket, but hey, maybe that’s just me.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Blerk

    Are we really surprised about this? Really?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. The_Red

    The sad part is the millions of casual gamers will rush and pay for this system no matter how many people complain here about this whole ripoff from Activision.

    On the plus side, this could at least be more harmful to the overall COD image than annual similar releases and could bring the “Guitar Hero” end of the franchise much sooner.

    #19 4 years ago
  20. arkaitz

    WTF??? Better buying battlefield 3

    #20 4 years ago
  21. AHA-Lambda

    funny fake trailer for CoD Elite :P
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpUMZGM1N7o&feature=player_embedded

    EDIT: no that’s actually official i thought it was a fan vid for christ sake O___o

    #21 4 years ago
  22. DSB

    1. You haven’t seen the actual subscription or what it entails.
    2. Even if you had, you’d still be free not to buy it, and play the game anyway
    3. If the subscription isn’t value for money, people won’t pay for it, as the last 500 MMOs have proven.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    @21, it’s official.

    And this trailer with dumb fratboy jokes show exactly for what audience they search.

    1) Theater
    2) Maps with statistical data (will probably be posted online for free instantly)
    3) Clan Page (can be made on any website, but this is the official one)
    4) Unannounced DLC “prizes”

    Basically free shit, but for 7 bucks a month.

    BOBBY is crazy. I think he is fucking his own PC (that is actually made of money)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Erthazus

    “Activision leader Bobby Kotick apparently said the service is an “enormous investment”, thanks to the associated running costs.”

    Enormous investment?

    Oh my god…

    #24 4 years ago
  25. M. K.

    @#22: read #23 It doesn’t happen that often, but I think he’s right.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. DSB

    @25 Right, but going straight into pussy panic mode, and supposing that you’ll actually be forced to buy this, is not very bright when Erthazus essentially outlines why you’d never have to.

    If all you’re getting is a few superficial features with videocapture and stats, then why would you ever pay for it?

    You’ll be fine without it! A few diehards get a marginalized service, and everybody wins!

    I just strongly doubt it’s that simple, and we have no idea what will really sell it yet.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Dralen

    The funny thing is, this is basically bungie.net, except you have to pay for it. It’s all pretty stupid if you ask me.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Erthazus

    this badge btw is hillarious.

    some 12 year old noobtube will buy it and will scream: I’m EL1TE BITCHEZZZZ!111

    #28 4 years ago
  29. Lewis247

    HOLY SHIT. Everyone realities that this is just a way for them to make double the money from call of duty at the one fucking time?

    This is how it sounds to me: Bobby Kotick “Remember how bungie brought about a great FREE service to keep track with all your halo needs and stat’s keeping? WELL, we have done one better by giving you a more limited version for you call of duty craving and guess what? YOU NEED TO PAY! Yeah that’s right, here at activision we don’t do FREE services for anything. By the looks of it, a lot of you little noobs will buy this shit right up making me EVEN RICHER! MONEY MONEY MONEY I FUCKING LOVE BEING SO RICH BEYOND BELEIF AND YOU POOR LITTLE PEASANTS WILL BE GIVING ME EVEN MORE AS YOU ROT AWAY INFRONT OF YOUR GAMING SYSTEMS PLAYING THE LATEST MAP PACK LOLOLOLOLOL”

    #29 4 years ago
  30. OrbitMonkey

    This to me is Acti’s version of Psn plus & what retard pays for that? …Well ok I did, but you get a gold plus sign next to your name man! :D

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Fin

    If you don’t like it, just vote with your wallets…

    #31 4 years ago

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  • One Dead or Alive tournament organiser is proposing ban of “over-sexualised” costumes

    A Dead or Alive tournament organiser has suggested a soft ban on some of the game’s “over-sexualised” costumes, and not everyone is happy. Tournament organiser “The HuBBs” took to the FreeStepDodge forums to suggest a list of rules that other offline tournaments can follow. The list goes over stages, characters, moves, which is certainly in […]

  • Destiny: all the news from Bungie’s open house Q&A

    Bungie hosted an open house Q&A session with the community last week and lots of exciting news have come out of it. Arekkz Gaming has gathered all the information that came out of Bungie’s open house Q&A in one handy video. The list is massive, going over Exotic weapon balance, upcoming events, PVE, Crucible rewards, […]

  • Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen to honour Nimoy with in-game memorials

    Developers behind space exploration games Elite: Dangerous and Star Citizen will honour the memory of Leonard Nimoy through in-game memorials. The develops of both games have confirmed separately that in-game memorials will be established to honour the memory of the late Star Trek actor, Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing Spock. Elite: Dangerous executive producer Michael […]

  • Deal: get a PlayStation 4 + three exclusives for $399

    Amazon’s latest PlayStation 4 deal is not one to miss. With purchase of a PlayStation 4 console from Amazon in the US, the online retailer will throw in digital codes for Infamous Second Son, Killzone Shadow Fall and The Last of Us: Remastered, all for the same MSRP of $399. The Last of Us Remastered […]

  • Destiny: this is how one player predicted House of Wolves details and Xur’s inventory

    The method one Redditor possibly used to leak some details from Destiny’s House of Wolves was the same one he used to predict the inventory of Xur: Agent of the Nine. Last week, Reddit user Megamanexe4 leaked a few pieces of House of Wolves expansion content. The leaks included strikes, new Crucible mode, and a […]

  • Mortal Kombat X is coming to iOS… as a card-battler

    Mortal Kombat X will be releasing on mobile devices in some form, just not the one you except. Mortal Kombat X is coming to Android and iOS devices as an extension of the main game. It will launch in April alongside the console versions. The mobile game will be part card collecting and part fighting […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain announcement coming this Wednesday

    Kojima Productions will unveil something about Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain this Wednesday. Metal Gear Solid fans should standby for a Phantom Pain-related announcement on Wednesday, March 4. According to developer Kojima Productions’ Twitter, there’s going to be an announcement at 2pm GMT on Wednesday. The developer posted the following image. The image […]

  • Reader survey: time to let us get to know you better!

    We’d really appreciate it if you could fill in this survey about the websites you read and the games you buy. It massively helps! You can fill out the survey right here and obviously all the information you supply is confidential. It helps us build a better picture of the people who read our site […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium: here’s everything you get for $50

    Battlefield Hardline’s Premium membership will give players access to 4 new features, early access to expansion packs and more. EA detailed the offer today – it costs $50 in total (£40 in the UK) and gives players a whole bundle of new gear and content. Check it all out in handy list form below: Masks […]

  • Hayter’s gonna hate: the voice of Solid Snake wouldn’t answer my Metal Gear question

    Voice actor and Hollywood writer David Hayter discusses the differences between movies and games. And politely declines my leading question. “It might be fun to do a crazy, over-the-top film version of Saint’s Row.” Yeah, that headline is a bit cheap but you’re reading the work of a man who once asked the maker of […]

  • Xbox One bundle gets £100 price cut in UK

    Microsoft has knocked up to £100 off Xbox One bundles in the UK. The Xbox One with Kinect Assassin’s Creed bundle is now £100 cheaper and comes with a free £20 voucher to be spent on the official Microsoft online store. Over on the Xbox online store there’s a £70 price cut on the white […]

  • Pokemon Shuffle downloaded 1m times, free stuff given out to celebrate

    Free-to-play 3DS title Pokemon Shuffle has been downloaded over 1 million times. As a reward for playing the match-3 puzzle game Nintendo has gifted players a Complexity -1 item for free. The item reduces the difficulty of a level, according to Eurogamer. By all accounts Pokemon Shuffle is a cynical game with poorly implemented microtransactions. […]

  • Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power sure is pretty

    FrozenByte Games has revealed Trine 3, due for release in 2015 And what better way to reveal a new side-scrolling adventure than with a very pretty trailer full of gameplay? The latest in a series that has already sold 7 million copies is earmarked for PC and “other” formats. Trine 2 released on PS3, PS3, […]

  • Dying Light takes UK number one

    A month since it was released on digital platforms, Dying Light’s physical release has topped the UK charts. Techland and Warner’s zombie survival game has proven to be one of the big hits of the year so far. It was released on digital formats a month ago but has only just been released on good-old […]

  • GTA 5: that’s some seriously accurate grenade throwing

    Think you can take down a jet plane with a grenade throw? This guy can. In fact, he can do it twice. This is in a variation on the player-created deathmatch “Stunters Versus Snipers” which seem to be all the rage in GTA Online at the moment. One team has a sniper rifle (and grenades) […]

  • Metal Gear Solid 5: Mother Base turns pink in the morning sun

    The Phantom Pain looks nice even when Kojima just takes a quick pic with his phone. Look at that beauty. We get nice reflection in pink at the first gray of dawn. pic.twitter.com/aERTBoZT9z — HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) March 2, 2015 The game doesn’t have a release date yet, which makes us a bit nervous for it […]

  • Dying Light: Underpant Gnomes and 9 other secrets you missed

    Dying Light still has legs – maybe because it’s crammed full of secret things to discover. Ten of those have been highlighted by TerraMantis’ latest YouTube video, including reference to the Underpant Gnomes, guitar lessons, farting zombies and well, we don’t want to spoil it for you. Even if you think you’ve seen everything in […]

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly

    Why blind ‘em with science when you could kill ‘em with dance moves? revelations raid When I say Resident Evil: Revelations 2‘s Raid Mode dance gestures are deadly, I’m not being figurative. If you finish the first chapter of Revelations 2 you can unlock Gina for use in Raid Mode. All characters can use gestures […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition mod enables male Blackwall romance, terrific joke

    “Male Inquisitors can now scale the wall,” says a clever Redditor. A new Dragon Age: Inquisition mod removes Blackwall’s romantic restrictions, allowing male Inquisitors to chat up the fuzzy-faced warrior. Blackwall doesn’t have any race preferences, so you’re good to go there. Dragon Age: Inquisition romance mods are pretty common by now, and to be […]

  • Destiny: it is possible to solo the Weekly Heroic

    Destiny players willing to faff about with their system clock can solo the Weekly Nightfall if they prefer. The Weekly Heroic is one of Destiny‘s toughest challenges. Responding to player feedback Bungie implemented matchmaking for the Weekly Heroic, but there are players who genuinely prefer to go it alone. There’s now no legitimate way to […]

  • Clayfighter remaster on the way, says Interplay

    A Clayfighter remake is inbound, apparently. Interplay has announced a Clayfighter remaster, combining the content of all past games into one package. Features include: Characters such as Bad Mr. Frosty, Blue Suede Goo, Earthworm Jim, Hoppy, Boogerman, Tiny – and more with over 20 characters total Over 20 familiar environments from the series to duke […]

  • The quickest way to climb in Dying Light

    Dying Light players! Are you sick of picking your way carefully up the sides of tall towers? Have I got a trick for you. The parkour system in Dying Light is okay, but climbing anywhere especially high can be a bit tedious. Enter Jesse Lester, who took a look at the tools available and worked […]

  • Bungie “always” looking at Exotic changes for Destiny updates

    Destiny developer Bungie won’t stop tinkering with Exotic weapons. In Destiny, Exotic weapons are supposed to be the best of the best – and to feel unique. Guns like Ice Breaker and Gjallahorn definitely hit the mark there (although less so when everyone has one), but unfortunately, there are a few that just don’t strike […]

  • Is Uncharted 4′s first trailer a tribute to Crash Bandicoot?

    Uncharted 4′s first proper trailer bears some remarkable similarities to the opening moments of a much earlier Naughty Dog game. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has more in common with Crash Bandicoot than you might think. It’s Naughty Dog’s first game on a new console, yes – but if you compare Uncharted 4′s E3 2014 […]

  • Sonic console games will continue, says Iizuka

    Sonic Team leader Takashi Iizuka has said there are no plans to stop making Sonic games. Sonic hasn’t retired from the ranks just yet. “Please rest assured, I personally have no plans to stop making Sonic games for home consoles,” Iizuka told 4Gamer [Japanese]. The comment arose after the site asked if Sonic would become […]

  • Stealth Inc. 2 coming to PSN, apparently

    Stealth Inc. 2: A Game of Clones will soon be available on PlayStation platforms, if a trophy list is to be believed. Stealth Inc. 2 initially launched as a Wii U exclusive, disappointing fans of Curve Studios’ tough action game. We’ve heard nothing to contradict this, but Exophase, a generally reliable source, has dug up […]

  • Runescape developer has an “undisclosed MMO” in the works

    Runescape developer Jagex is working on something new. According to Jagex’s careers page, the developer has a new, unannounced game in the works. Its advertisement for a lead programmer makes explicit mention of an “undisclosed MMO”. The ad mentions the new title is in “the preliminary stages of redefining the cross platform MMORPG genre” and […]

  • Destiny PvP rewards system to be addressed

    Destiny developer Bungie has said it will change the way Crucible rewards work. Destiny players are always complaining about the perfidy of RNGesus, but there’s one area where it particularly hurts: the Crucible. PvP players often receive nothing at all for excellent performances, and sometimes Guardians receive the best drops merely for logging in as […]

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 in the works for 3DS

    Azure Striker Gunvolt is getting a sequel. Azure Striker Gunvolt developer Inti Creates has confirmed that the sidescroller has been popular enough to warrant a second instalment. The sequel will also be released on 3DS, the team said on Facebook. Very little information is available at present, unfortunately. “As time goes on we will have […]

  • Life is Strange Episode 2 not delayed, says developer

    Life is Strange developer Dontnod Entertainment has said the second episode is on track for release this month. I guess it would know. Life is Strange Episode 2 has been expected on March 13, but late last week Square Enix told Destructoid it had been delayed. Dontnod has since denied this report, describing it as […]

  • First SteamVR game reveal is Job Simulator

    Job Simulator is the first game to be announced specifically for SteamVR, Valve’s virtual reality tech. Shoot Many Robots and Aaaaa! For the Awesome! developer Owlchemy Labs is the first team to put its hand up and say it’s worked with SteamVR. In a blog post, the studio unveiled Job Simulator, which will be playable […]

  • HTC, Valve partner for Vive VR headset

    The first SteamVR announce is a headset a manufactured by HTC, the Taiwanese mobile company revealed over the weekend. Valve told us last week it planned to unveil virtual reality hardware at GDC, calling it “SteamVR” at the time. Now HTC has pre-empted Valve by revealing Vive, a headset developed thanks to a collaboration between […]

  • Watch the Evolve Chappie Challenge tomorrow on Twitch

    Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2K and Turtle Rock Studios have announced a tournament being hosted by ESL, which will see Evolve players take on newest movie robot, Chappie. The ESL has teamed up with Twitch for the live 4 on 1 competitive event, and you can watch as it all unfolds tomorrow, March 1 at 3pm […]

  • If you’re attending PAX East, stop and have a look at Necropolis

    We haven’t heard much on Harebrained Schemes’ latest since it was announced in November, but today, the team has seen fit to release some interesting gifs of its a new project, Necropolis. Necropolis is a third-person action rogue-like with procedurally generated which can be “re-rolled mid-playthrough” and is headed to Linux, Mac and PC sometime […]