Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Paying for CoD online-play?

The answer, thankfully, is no. The premium service will not be a cheap attempt to hoard money from avid gamers trying to experience online-multiplayer. Instead the service offers new content for players, content which should enrich and enhance online gameplay. This fall, Activision will officially launch Call of Duty: Elite alongside Modern Warfare 3. It's currently being developed by Beachhead which is a new studio formed by Activision.

The service will require a monthly-fee. In return, the players will have access to new map-packs and analytical tools that will improve a player's gameplay. First of all, Elite will compile a combined profile which will be compatible with any game within the franchise with Elite support; this should help a lot as the current community is split between Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare. The service will be accessible from various platforms such as web browsers, mobile devices, through the game console itself and within the game interface. The service is predicted to go public beta by this summer on Black Ops. Many of Elite's services will be available to players free of charge and as mentioned before, the (basic) multiplayer experience will remain free.

The service has been designed to engage the community in four key ways:

Career: Here you can view a summary of every CoD match you play in the entirety of your lives. You'll be able to pick out specific details from individual matches from all of the games supported by Elite in one, handy interface.
The career interface

Connect: Basically it's Facebook for Call of Duty. It offers unprecedented control over a player's multiplayer experience, transforming it into a social network. Players will be allowed for extremely meticulous match-making and group creation. Elite will also support private clans.

Compete: Competition is the heart of this game. Players will be able to participate in a multitude of Activision events which will offer both in-game and real-life rewards. The system will tier players to opponents of similar ability.

Improve: Better, better, better. It's all we want to do: become better. Elite will offer countless tutorial videos for every single weapon and map providing an in-depth analysis of each so a player can take truly hone his/her skill. Not only that, but it will also provide tips for perks and kill streaks.
Extensive information for any weapon or map available
Finally, the service will include any future map packs gratis; non-subscribers will have to pay the regular price but subscribers to Elite will receive it for free. At the moment Activision hasn't revealed the exact pricing of the system but it claims it will be "less than any other comparable online entertainment service". So what do you think? Do you think that we should be entitled to all this for free? Let us know in the comments below.

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