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Activision: Services like CoD: Elite soon to be mandatory for mainstream games

Monday, 26th September 2011 23:58 GMT By Debabrata Nath

Services such as Call of Duty: Elite will become a “necessity” for all mainstream games in the not-too distant future, according to Activision’s digital vice president, Jamie Berger.

Berger told MCV that while Elite is currently considered to be a optional extra for consumers, we aren’t far from the day when a supporting social network, stat-tracking, and content delivery service will be a vital part of maintaining and attracting a large audience.

“We believe that a 24/7, year-round services strategy that broadens the game experience beyond just playing is going to be a necessity,” he explained.

“Right now, it’s an option, but in three to five years, it won’t be. To support a diverse player base, you will have to have a services and ongoing content strategy. I don’t see how games are going to manage without that.

“Elite is about Call of Duty being bigger than ever five years from now and laying the groundwork for that.”

EA’s launching their own service known as Battlelog for their upcoming shooter Battlefield 3, although it’s free of cost to all players – unlike Activision’s Elite, which features a premium tier with a monthly subscription fee.

Call of Duty: Elite will be releasing alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on November 2 for PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.

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  1. gamb1t

    EA is nuts, wont be buying modernwarfare 1 i mean 3

    see what i did there?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. LOLshock94

    @1 mate what you did was shit nothing can be as good as cod4 so why dont you go wait for BC2 no i mean BF3

    #2 3 years ago
  3. gamb1t

    @4 nothing can be as good as cod4? how about the best fps ever made also the BIGGEST fps ever. COUNTER-STRIKE. you know the one with worldwide tournies and stuff?

    lol @ your pun torwards mine. BC2 is a different engine then BF3. so your pun is already flawed but also on top of that BC2 does not have conquest nor JETS. so its a different style. you must of never played cs competitively or any pc battlefield game

    if you would like to be schooled on anything else id be more then glad to feed you with facts

    #3 3 years ago
  4. hitnrun

    “Activision: Services like CoD: Elite soon to be mandatory for mainstream games”

    By mainstream games, of course, he means Activision games.

    He’s also wrong, since “mandatory” monthly “services” and “mainstream games” will be mutually exclusive. Go ahead, ActiBlizz. We dare you. Even MMO subscriptions have become an endangered species.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. endgame

    yes ’cause ppl r retarded enough to pay for something that they should get for free.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Avatar226

    just another way for money hungry activision to cripple our wallets….thankfully im not the biggest fan of the COD games…and to gamb1t counter strike was the SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh i miss that game lol i hate to say but i see BF3 owning mw3 granted the sale may not reflect this for all the 12 years olds that play cod games…but for the quality bf3 all the way hell even bf 2 modern combat was amazing can’t wait to see what dice has done with it

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Rudemir

    @#5/6

    The basic service of Call of Duty: Elite will be completely free, tracking your stats and competing with friends. The paid subscription will offer extra competitions and ‘free’ monthly DLC.

    @Gamb1t
    I think CoD 4 is the best FPS ever for the consoles, I have never been a real PC gamer so I can’t compare it to Counter Strike. Counter Strike on the original Xbox was a terrible port. Besides I like the feel of Modern Warfare gameplay.

    #7 3 years ago