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Call of Duty Elite: $7.99 a month? [Up: Officially Announced, Details In OP]

Rendition

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Beta Sign-Up: http://www.callofduty.com/elite

Doffen said:
CALL OF DUTY® ELITE WILL UNITE AND IGNITE GAMING’S
LARGEST ONLINE COMMUNITY

Activision’s New Service Will Offer 30 Million Call of Duty Players
Innovative Ways to Connect, Compete and Improve


Will Launch With This Year’s Most Anticipated Release
Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3 on November 8, 2011

Santa Monica, CA – May 31, 2011 – The world’s most passionate online gaming community can now connect, compete and improve their Call of Duty® multiplayer experience through Activision’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) innovative new online service, Call of Duty Elite.

Developed from the ground up by Activision’s new Beachhead studio, Call of Duty Elite offers cutting-edge features that significantly enhance the franchises’ multiplayer experience and deliver a new level of social engagement that will unite more than 30 million players worldwide. Additionally, the service will offer exclusive, high-production value, original entertainment programming designed exclusively for the Call of Duty community.

“The average Call of Duty player spends 58 minutes per day playing multiplayer. That is more than the average Facebook user spends per day on Facebook. And yet, right now, there are very few tools to unite and super charge that social community,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Whether it’s allowing you to connect with your friends, or people of a similar skill level, people who live in your city, people who share your favorite passions, join competitive clans or social groups, or upload, view and comment on the incredible mass of player-generated content, or watch and comment on exclusive created content, Call of Duty Elite will give people more ways to connect with fellow players than ever before. Elite will also allow players of every level to improve their game with an intuitive suite of tools, and compete in tournaments for both real and virtual prizes.”
 
Call of Duty Elite will include several industry-first innovations, and is a key differentiator for this year’s most anticipated game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Elite will offer two-way communication between the service and the game, so that the choices and decisions that players make in Elite through the mobile and web interfaces will affect their in-game experience. The service will be fully integrated into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and will launch alongside the game on November 8, 2011.

Call of Duty Elite’s features and services engage the community in three key ways:
• Connect: Call of Duty Elite gives players unprecedented control over their multiplayer experience, transforming it into a true social network. Players can compete against friends, players of similar skill levels and players with similar interests, join groups, join clans, and play in organized tournaments. They can also track the performance, progress and activity of their entire network, both in the game itself, as well as through mobile and web interfaces. Elite will be an "always on" way for players to connect with the Call of Duty community.

• Compete: Call of Duty Elite establishes the most exciting, competitive environment in a multiplayer game. Players will have available a constant stream of events and competitions, tiered to group them with those with similar abilities. Both in-game and real-world prizes will be rewarded to all skill levels.

• Improve: Call of Duty Elite is like having a personal online coach. It provides players with a dynamic strategy guide that tracks their statistics and performances down to the most minute details. It can show gamers how they stack up against their friends or others in the community. Tools and information are provided so players can learn and up their game.
Carrying forward to future Call of Duty games, Elite will chronicle a player’s gameplay history in a cohesive career record, keeping track of every kill, every game and progress.

“Call of Duty Elite has been tailored for Call of Duty’s diverse base of players – hardcore gamers, casual weekend warriors and even beginners,” added Hirshberg. “Over 7 million gamers play Call of Duty online each day logging hundreds of hours of multiplayer per player per year. Of course, the out of the box Call of Duty multiplayer experience that gamers have come to love and expect will continue as is. However, for those players looking for more, Call of Duty Elite will supercharge their experience.”

Many key features of Call of Duty Elite will be available to Call of Duty players free of charge. Additionally, for players who want to up their game, Call of Duty Elite will offer a premium membership with a wide range of state-of-the-art services, exclusive entertainment programming and all-inclusive game content for less than the cost of any comparable online entertainment service currently in the market.

The service will be accessible on a number of platforms -- via web browsers, mobile devices, through game consoles and within the game interface itself -- so that players can connect with Call of Duty Elite whenever and wherever they want.

Call of Duty Elite will launch this fall with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. However, to test the scale of the service, Activision will hold a public beta this summer for Elite with Call of Duty®: Black Ops. For more information, go to www.callofduty.com.
From Activision
iamvin22 said:
I am only posting this because its the only video of how COD elite works. Looks like it applies to Blops and so on. http://tinyurl.com/44dj5xy
ukresistance said:
Eurogamer has the full video.

The youtube ones will keep getting deleted.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304563104576355310423496054.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

"Activision Blizzard Inc. plans to launch an online service called Call of Duty Elite this fall that will work with the next major edition of the game, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," and future installments of the hyper-realistic combat-simulation game. In a move industry executives describe as a first, Activision plans to charge a monthly subscription fee for the service, which will provide extra content that isn't offered on game discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs that give players new "Call of Duty" levels to play.
Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription. Portions of the service will be free, including features inspired by Facebook Inc. that will let "Call of Duty" players meet for online gun battles with others who share various affiliations and interests."
 

Htown

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Ugh.

"NO we can totally do this! It's like Netflix or something! Never mind that no other shooter is charging monthly like this!"

Good old Activision.
 

Stahsky

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The sad part is that it'll be a smashing success and every other company will jump on board.
 

Vire

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FINDING NEW AND EXCITING WAYS TO EXTORT YOU FOR MORE MONEY!

It's innovate guys!

I don't care if it's two dollars a month. Fuck off Activision, I'm not buying your products.
 

Zeouterlimits

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"less than $8" so $5?

*shrugs* If there's enough content and benefits to justify it, then whatever, but if not, hopefully the market will reject it or force it to improve before big adoption.
 

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Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription.

Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription.

Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription.
 

UberTag

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If I'm reading this article correctly, the inference is that the monthly COD Elite rate will be less than $7.99/month.

$5/month makes sense to me... especially considering they're already getting 3/4 of that already from people buying map packs day and date as soon as they release.
 

Alucrid

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Reilly said:
Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription.

Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription.

Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription.
You should have bolded just the "comparable online-entertainment services."
 

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If they're constantly adding new content I don't see the problem. Doesn't seem like any more of a ripoff than a WoW subscription in that case. I won't be partaking but seems like it could be a good deal for someone who plays COD day-in/day-out.
 

AceBandage

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Reilly said:
Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription.

Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription.

Activision executives said they haven't yet figured out how much to charge for the service, but they expect the cost to be less than fees for comparable online-entertainment services, such as a $7.99-a-month Netflix Inc. movie subscription.

The actual price is COMPLETELY irrelevant. The fact that they have the fucking balls to charge people, per month, to play an online shooter is disgusting.
 

Y2Kev

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Will be yuge. Tons of people saying f u kotick but "day 1 purchase
cuz dat action omg" incoming!
 

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edit: if the standard online is still free cod will be fine, the hardcore junkies will shell out whatever they charge for some new skins or map packs, but most people will continue for free.

if online play is suddenly subscription based i dunno how many people will pay for that and xbl
 

purg3

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Hasn't this been rumored with every major COD release? Really not surprising if this actually comes to fruition. With how many copies BLOPS sold, it's really a no brainer from a business standpoint, because people will pay for this shit.
 

Rendition

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The funny thing is looks like they are trying to pull this off when it's obvious it looks like Modern Warfare 3 is using an engine that is at least 2 years old as most of the original Infinity Ward guys left to start Respawn.
 

TheSeks

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That's okay, ATVI. I have CoD4, the only good one.

In before CoD1-2 defense force
 

Vire

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TOM f'N CRUISE said:
wait so do you have to pay to just play normally??
No, you do not have to pay to play normally. But I guarantee you they will limit features, playlist and all that accordingly to the people who have Elite and those who don't.

I reiterate: FINDING NEW AND EXCITING WAYS TO EXTORT YOU FOR MORE MONEY!

It's innovate guys!
 

Anerythristic

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If true, I can honestly say I will not be playing the next COD. Also it reallly does open the door for the next quality online shooter that is free to play to dethrone MW.
 

GavinGT

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This is definitely the make-or-break year for CoD, but I'm leaning more toward "break".
 

Cels

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I read the article. I'm unclear on what makes Activision think they will get people to pay $9.99/mo for this. You get maps (splintered community lol), "performance analysis tools" (that Bungie gave Halo players for free), and facebook-style social networking...and some other features to be announced later.

You will still be able to compete online without subscribing so I don't see a big problem with this.
 

The M.O.B

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AceBandage said:
The actual price is COMPLETELY irrelevant. The fact that they have the fucking balls to charge people, per month, to play an online shooter is disgusting.
It does not say you will have to pay to play it, this service seems to be for extra stuff outside of the base game.