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« on: June 03, 2011, 07:31:30 PM »

If you've been keeping up with the latest Call of Duty news, then you know that Activision plans on releasing a new social networking element to enhance players' multiplayer experience for Black Ops and the upcoming Modern Warfare 3. However, parts of Call of Duty Elite required a paid subscription, while some elements would be free to all players. Without any mention of specifics, many fans were left confused as to what these free elements would be.

When Elite launches, all gamers will have the following benefits, according to Gamespot:

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-Access Elite through the Web, as well as via free applications for Android and iOS devices like smartphones and tablets.
-Track and share with friends in-game statistics like kill/death ratio, score-per-minute, win percentage, and more, all shown in "easy to understand" charts and infographics.
-Create custom leaderboards.
-View heat maps indicating dangerous areas in levels where players die the most.
-Upload and share videos from the game's Theater mode.
-Customize a loadout, which includes choosing weapons, attachments, and perks, and transfer it to Modern Warfare 3 via Web or mobile.
-Join groups with common interests.
-Create clans.
-Track Call of Duty career progress, beginning with Call of Duty: Black Ops.
-Be placed into groups based on interests, as designated by Facebook profile listings.


However, all of these free benefits are just supposedly the "beginning" to Elite. Activision makes the high claim that the paid service would set the new standard for multiplayer and community based gaming, but did not reveal any details about the subscription benefits of Elite since they would be heavily integrated into Modern Warfare 3. Activision did assure gamers that paid subscribers would not have an unfair advantage in the multiplayer since different weapons and levels would not be integrated with the paid service.

For those who haven't already yet, Call of Duty Elite beta sign-ups are available on its website. Anyone wishing to try their luck at getting into testing the beta this summer with Black Ops should sign up.

Activision's clarification makes Call of Duty Elite a much more tempting offer. What's interesting is that rival Battlefield 3, also slated for release this fall, is getting a similar service with Battlelog. 2011 seems to be the year of social network integration into multiplayer gaming as social networking games become more increasingly popular and profitable. It will be interesting to see how Battlelog and Elite shape up against each other as E3 rolls around. Hopefully, Activision and EA are willing to give us a better idea of how both will be integrated into their respective games.

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2011, 07:43:27 PM »

So basically they want us to pay them, for stuff we already have set up (that works) to ditch that and use their system.....rightttt I'm not trusting them on that one.
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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2011, 07:48:49 PM »

I think Activision might be shooting themselves in the foot by claiming that Elite is going to set the gold standard for multiplayer gaming. If you make high claims like that, you have to deliver.

What I really expect to see for the beta is mostly just what's already free, and not much of the paid. Maybe just a taste of the good stuff to try and pull some people in. Honestly, I really don't know what they can do that would be so mindblowingly amazing that people would want to pay money for it, particularly 360 users who already have to pay for Live. (I wonder if their subscription cost would be lowered?)

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2011, 08:03:10 PM »

Subscription fee...lowered!!??? Microsoft will rage. They are really trying to take something that's already in existence to what people have already invested time and money in to just automatically drop that and use their service.  I think greed is starting to creep in a bit too much now, they are really overdoing it now, trying to bleed more money out of you. So let's get the cost run -down:

1. Buy the game ($60 bucks I'm sure)
2. CoD Elite (if i know people they'll run for the pay service) $$??

They are going to try and challenge all the clans that are already formed now, and are solid to try and use their service, which is totally crackpot in my opinion! Why would you leave something that has worked all this time, for something which is gonna have bugs in it for sure, with really long periods of waiting for updates. Also I have a very strange feeling that the hackers are waiting for the beta to know how to break the system, and then it will come, CoD Elite will go don, people's info will be lost...and xbox will know the scare they have been dodging for the longest while.
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« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2011, 08:21:11 PM »

I dont think they will lower service based on the console of choice to game on.

However i will agree they seem to be digging their own grave on this

I really wonder who is behind all these "great" ideas over at that franchise. Its like one day in the break room "so you know what would be awesome? If we started an online service that features cool things like clans and stats and then made people pay for it" Seriously? 

Not to mention HALF those features are already in game. Or offered FREE from other games. CS:S has a heatmap tracking system. Your stats based on where you died etc is already in black ops im pretty sure. Does this mean that will be REMOVED from the game?

And again clan system? Are they godzilla and tryin to take over online gaming? Clans are already done in EVERY game. Is this just an attempt to make all of the COD clans be in one spot? GET OUTTA HERE THATS WHAT LEAGUES ARE FOR.

I personally think keeping the game itself and leaving social things like clans etc separate is what makes the joy of gaming so joyful. I mean the only people i see using a clan system built into a game like stated this elite will do are lazy gamers who cant google or find a group of friends themself to play with :|

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« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2011, 09:13:39 PM »

boooooooooo!!!   i just play games and post on fourms!
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2011, 09:20:53 PM »

I dont think they will lower service based on the console of choice to game on.

However i will agree they seem to be digging their own grave on this

I really wonder who is behind all these "great" ideas over at that franchise. Its like one day in the break room "so you know what would be awesome? If we started an online service that features cool things like clans and stats and then made people pay for it" Seriously? 

Not to mention HALF those features are already in game. Or offered FREE from other games. CS:S has a heatmap tracking system. Your stats based on where you died etc is already in black ops im pretty sure. Does this mean that will be REMOVED from the game?

And again clan system? Are they godzilla and tryin to take over online gaming? Clans are already done in EVERY game. Is this just an attempt to make all of the COD clans be in one spot? GET OUTTA HERE THATS WHAT LEAGUES ARE FOR.

I personally think keeping the game itself and leaving social things like clans etc separate is what makes the joy of gaming so joyful. I mean the only people i see using a clan system built into a game like stated this elite will do are lazy gamers who cant google or find a group of friends themself to play with :|

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You got some great points there Killjoy and i couldnt agree with you more!
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« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2011, 11:44:55 PM »

With Call of Duty Elite and things like Origin... Activision and EA AREN'T thinking clearly. They just see that social networking is working really well right now for games, and they want to hop on the bandwagon.
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2011, 01:25:59 AM »

This game will obviously sell more because of the cult following on the consoles.
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2011, 01:47:50 AM »

This game will obviously sell more because of the cult following on the consoles.

True. The hype will probably make a lot of people jump onto Call of Duty Elite, but I can see subscriptions going down depending on how good/bad it is.
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« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2011, 02:06:35 AM »

But I can see subscriptions going down depending on how good/bad it is.

I doubt that too, that subs might go down on PC but not for Consoles, because for consoles, they are used to paying for playing unlike PC Gamers. If anything the subs will go up for the Consoles and like you said, will drop drastically for the PC.
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« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2011, 06:23:08 AM »

I really wonder who is behind all these "great" ideas over at that franchise. Its like one day in the break room "so you know what would be awesome? If we started an online service that features cool things like clans and stats and then made people pay for it" Seriously? 

Not to mention HALF those features are already in game. Or offered FREE from other games. CS:S has a heatmap tracking system. Your stats based on where you died etc is already in black ops im pretty sure. Does this mean that will be REMOVED from the game?

And again clan system? Are they godzilla and tryin to take over online gaming? Clans are already done in EVERY game. Is this just an attempt to make all of the COD clans be in one spot? GET OUTTA HERE THATS WHAT LEAGUES ARE FOR.

Sorry to say this Killjoy but did you read the original post?

They are NOT making people pay for all of the things mentioned above, such as stats, clans, etc. And yes CoD will be joining other games in having the above heatmap etc features free Smiley

And I used to play Socom 3 on the ps2 back in the day and it had a clan system built in, It's so much hassle to try and go onto gamebattles or whatever, having the system built in means it's easier. Also by having it in ELITE it means people don't have to use it as it's still 'separate'.
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