Call of Duty Elite details

Activision unveils pricing and content delivery plans for their new subscription service.

An annual membership to the premium Call of Duty service will cost £34.99/$49.99.

The announcement was made at this year’s Call of Duty XP event, which also showed off Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer system in action for the first time.

Elite subscribers wil be rewarded with access to all Modern Warfare 3 DLC released throughout the year following its November 8 release. All 20 pieces of DLC will be released as monthly content in favour of quarterly map packs.

These will include new multiplayers maps – also playable in both Spec Ops and new game modes. “You get the content first, and you’ll get it more often.” said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg.

Along with this, premium members will be able to compete for real-world prizes (such as Jeeps) in tournaments with live referees and gain access to professionally crafted strategy and analysis videos.

Elite TV (another feature of the paid service) will offer premium episodic content produced by Hollywood talent, including a Will Arnett and Jason Bateman series called Noob Tube, featuring plenty of smack talk and community-nominated gameplay footage. Executive producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott will also be creating a Friday Night Fights series, a live-action segment that will pit real life rivals together in multiplayer to battle it out.

Gamers who purchase the Hardened Edition of Modern Warfare 3 (currently priced at £79.99/$100) will receive a year’s subscription to the service included.

The free tier of Call of Duty Elite will offer users access to stats, online class customisation options, community features, HD video sharing and dedicated apps for a range of devices including Xbox 360, Playstation 3, iPhone, iPad and Android.

“When we announced Elite, we wanted to do three things,” said Hirshberg. “We didn’t want to take anything away from our fans. We wanted to make the experience better for every COD player out of the box. And we wanted to create a premium member ship for our fans who want to go further.”

[Source: computerandvideogames.com]

Greg Lockley

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