Activision has gone live with a limited Xbox 360 beta test for Call of Duty: Elite, invitations for which began cropping up this week.
Citing the service’s catchphrases of connect, compete and improve, the beta will feature stat tracking, custom player groups, competitive events and video sharing.
The rest of Elite’s features will not be available until final launch alongside Modern Warfare 3 in November.
Additional features promised for full release include access to Elite vie mobiles, tablets and browsers, allowing players to schedule matches, change load outs, and check in with the latest tactics and strategies.
Ramped-up, competition-focussed clan support will permit us to enjoy an experience “just like a fantasy football league” with friends and enemies, and members will have access to the promised live action series.
Call of Duty Elite will also offer members exclusive, all-new entertainment programs created by top Hollywood talent, exclusively for the Call of Duty community. More information on this content to come soon.
Those who cough up a premium subscription will receive all downloadable content for Modern Warfare 3, from maps to themed content.
Activision plans to hold a PlayStation 3 beta at a later date. Plans for a PC beta seem to have been scrapped.
“While Call of Duty Elite will continue to evolve post-launch, we want to deliver the most polished, complete and rigorously tested service possible on day one,” Beachhead lead Chacko Sonny said.
“We’re looking to get as many participants in the beta as possible, so we ask that fans stay patient as we ramp up in the coming weeks.”