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Published on May 31st, 2011 | by Cameron Woolsey

Activision “Officially” Announces Online Service: Call of Duty Elite

There’s a pretty good chance that you are one of the many gamers who expressed some “disappointment” when it was mistakenly revealed by The Wall Street Journal that Activision will utilize a pay service for future Call of Duty titles.

Straight and to the point.

However, it has since been revealed that the service, named Call of Duty Elite, is a service that will be offered free of charge. There is Premium plan offering exclusive content that gamers can actually pay monthly subscription fee for, but to use the program itself will not cost anyone a dime.

So what is it?

Coming in from Activision’s new Beachhead studio, Call of Duty Elite is a social media tool that is offered to current and future Call of Duty players. The service will allow gamers to meet similar players who are either people in your general area, workplace or school. To sum it up in a way that can be understood, think of it as a Facebook for Call of Duty fans.

Call of Duty Elite will allow you to share images and gameplay videos plus create or join groups or clans. The service will not only be offered on PC but on mobile devices too.

“The average Call of Duty player spends 58 minutes per day playing multiplayer. That is more than the average Facebook user spends per day on Facebook. And yet, right now, there are very few tools to unite and super charge that social community,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “Whether it’s allowing you to connect with your friends, or people of a similar skill level, people who live in your city, people who share your favorite passions, join competitive clans or social groups, or upload, view and comment on the incredible mass of player-generated content, or watch and comment on exclusive created content, Call of Duty Elite will give people more ways to connect with fellow players than ever before. Elite will also allow players of every level to improve their game with an intuitive suite of tools, and compete in tournaments for both real and virtual prizes.”

Call of Duty Elite is being designed to work best with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. The service and the game will be constantly connected and sharing information. Decisions made with Call of Duty Elite will immediately affect in-game experiences.

Activision said Call of Duty Elite is built with Modern Warfare 3 in mind and will launch alongside the game on November 8, 2011.

From the release:

Call of Duty Elite‘s features and services engage the community in three key ways:

Connect: Call of Duty Elite gives players unprecedented control over their multiplayer experience, transforming it into a true social network. Players can compete against friends, players of similar skill levels and players with similar interests, join groups, join clans, and play in organized tournaments. They can also track the performance, progress and activity of their entire network, both in the game itself, as well as through mobile and web interfaces. Elite will be an “always on” way for players to connect with the Call of Duty community.

Compete: Call of Duty Elite establishes the most exciting, competitive environment in a multiplayer game. Players will have available a constant stream of events and competitions, tiered to group them with those with similar abilities. Both in-game and real-world prizes will be rewarded to all skill levels.

Improve: Call of Duty Elite is like having a personal online coach. It
provides players with a dynamic strategy guide that tracks their statistics and performances down to the most minute details. It can show gamers how they stack up against their friends or others in the community. Tools and information are provided so players can learn and up their game.

Call of Duty Elite will keep track of the player’s career record, allowing the player to look back on previous battles to see what went right or restrategize. You will also see which weapons or play styles suited you best on each map so you know the best way to play.

“Call of Duty Elite has been tailored for Call of Duty’s diverse base of players – hardcore gamers, casual weekend warriors and even beginners – and additional features will be revealed when we premiere Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer later this summer,” added Hirshberg. “Over 7 million gamers play Call of Duty online each day logging hundreds of hours of multiplayer per player per year. Of course, the out of the box Call of Duty multiplayer experience that gamers have come to love and expect will continue as is. However, for those players looking for more, Call of Duty Elite will supercharge their experience.”

Call of Duty Elite will launch this fall but there will be a public beta held for the service this summer for Call of Duty: Black Ops. Just head here and sign up to be a part of the beta:

To watch some of the features in action, TheLegendofKarl is happy to walk you through some of the features for your enjoyment. And some bullets.

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