Call of Duty Elite, a subscription-based Call of Duty service, will launch this fall with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, according to The Wall Street Journal. Activision Blizzard confirmed the service today, saying that Elite players will have access to extra content, like map-packs. A subscription to Elite won't be required for multiplayer.
Activision hasn't revealed the price of the service yet, but according to the WSJ's report, it will be less than fees for "comparable online-entertainment services" like Netflix.
Parts of COD: Elite will be free, including socia/matchmaking aspects of the service, although full details on how these will work,haven't been revealed yet. The WSJ article also mentions game analysis tools "modeled on stock-trading websites" that delve deeply into your game, "gauging factors such as which weapons have been most successful" for gamers... interesting.
Activision head Bobby Kotick told the WSJ that he isn't worried about "pushback" from gamers, because Elite won't be required to play online. While Kotick didn't reveal specifics, he did say that the Elite COD service represents an "enormous investment," and will provide things that would have been impossible without a pay service.
Activision's plan here is obviously to further monetize one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time, but its success will be determined by how willing players will be to give up the credit card digits, so, players, let me throw it to you: Are you going to sign up for "Elite" when it launches this fall? Answer in our comment section.
For even more details, be sure to check out our in-depth Call of Duty Elite hands-on preview.
Source: Wall Street Journal