Call-of-Duty:-Elite-is-Activision's-new-'pay-to-play'-COD-Model-(now-with-post-NDA-details) Call of Duty: Elite is Activision's new 'pay to play' COD Model (now with post-NDA details)

   31/05/2011 at 07:11       Phil May       8 COMMENTS.
Source - Wall Street Journal
 - Call of Duty: Elite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Activision, Pay Per View, Mug

The Wall Street Journal (of all places) was one of the first media outlets to give solid coverage to Activision's proposed monetization of the Call of Duty franchise.

Formerly known as 'Beachhead', Call of Duty: Elite is part social networking site, part hardcore mode for Modern Warfare 3 and consists largely of paid-for content mixed with a modicum of free stuff.

Players can extend their digital COD willy measuring way beyond the high score tables and online stats in the standard game, upload videos of their exploits and generally LIVE the call of duty experience from the ground up.

Prices haven't been mooted yet but Activision has stated that the service will "cost less than online entertainment services like NetFlix".

Post-NDA details (now the embargo has lifted, yawn):

Career: Detailed player stats (kill to death ratio, time spent, favourite weapons, loadouts, level, saved screenshots and videos, personal bests, etc). Players can view results from recent matches, via timeline and map showing every kill and death (including location of killer/victim). Can compare directly with other players by searching for their gamertag.

Connect: Join groups based on interest. For example, search for ‘photography’ and you are automatically entered into a group with other players have the same interest. If the group doesn’t exist, Elite automatically creates it. You can then access Career stats for group members. Can also browse theatre mode and videos. Looking through most liked, most viewed, staff picks, most recent or any videos you are tagged in. MW3 will introduce clan support.

Compete: Regular events and competitions set up by developers, e.g. highest kill streak, screenshot or video competitions, etc. Prizes range from special emblems for your profile to COD merchandise, an iPad 2 and a Jeep Cherokee. MW3 will introduce group vs group competitions, clan vs clan, intra-clan competition and leagues.

Improve: Detailed information on every weapon, perk and map in the game, including tips, stats and video guides from pros. Maps show objective locations for different types of multiplayer mode. Shows more player stats (e.g. how many times people have used each kill streak bonus). After MW3, Elite will call on entire Call of Duty community to provide expertise and guidance.

There's a leaked trailer below, courtesy of Twitter user CheapyD

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