The lights are on
Last week, I provided my first impressions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, but one major element of the game was missing in action: an online strategy. Analysts and Activision executives have been waxing philosophical about a possible subscription service for the massive shooter franchise for years, but it’s finally coming. Call of Duty Elite will provide all CoD players with stat-keeping, skill improvement tips, and social networking across all future Call of Duty titles. I tried the service out for myself two weeks ago; here’s all the details.
The core Call of Duty Elite experience is split into four distinct areas: Career, Connect, Compete, and Improve. Let’s take a look at each individually.
The Career page, which you can set to default to any supported Call of Duty game, will include a summary of your overall stats across all games as well as specific player cards for each title. Player cards include a ton of data, such as your current level and prestige, number of hours played, and, of course, the ever-important kill-death ratio. If you want to be able to point to specific numbers as you brag to your friends about how much better you are, you’ll be able to easily pull up other players’ profiles and compare to your own.
Digging in deeper, you’ll be able to look at specific stats from each match you’ve played recently, right down to looking at a heat map that shows every kill and death, allowing you to pinpoint specific chokepoints on maps where you have trouble or tend to dominate. Career will even track your stats with each individual weapon and perk, allowing you to quickly flip through and see which custom classes you perform best with.
In addition to the stat-tracking, Elite seeks to give Call of Duty players a deep social networking experience that revolves around the game they love. The Connect section of the service will be focused on this aspect.
You’ll be able to create and join groups based on mutual interests, locations, and more. For example, you could create a group for a specific sports team you like or just join the “#basketball” group to find other CoD players who love basketball. I might join a "#Minneapolis" group to find other CoD players in this area, and I fully expect Game Informer readers to create an "#overblood" group. Each group will have a comments section allowing you to banter with new-found friends and coordinate for playing games online.
Also included in the Connect section is a theater where you can look at screenshots you’ve grabbed from your games as well as videos you’ve created. You’ll be able to connect your CoD Elite account with your YouTube account to automatically upload videos you’ve created in-game to the Internet. Other players will have the option to tag you in their media, so like Facebook, any screens or videos you’ve been tagged in will show up on your Connect page.
UP NEXT: Compete, Improve, and more!
Nice article. Thanks for setting the record straight about this product offering. There are a lot of articles out there that are ill informed and are claiming that a person will have to pay a monthly fee in order to play online. See Woot's article here. www.woot.com/.../ViewPost.aspx. I normally love Woot's commentary, but they missed the mark on this one.
I bet you 5 million people already signed up for this!
No offense, but its look like the Halo Network that you can find on Bungie website, so o wouldnt pay for that, they just want to take our money >.>
I'm not paying for it.
If people really start using the 'improve your skills' and heat map thing, it seems like it will only increase the amount of players who camp and spawnkill.
*** this! Bungie has a way better social forum. *** call of duty.
Looks like a more detailed version of Halo Waypoint. Glad to see devs starting to take notice of what Bungie has done for the multiplayer on consoles.
I bet it's 4.99 or something. I'd laugh if it's £2 a month lol.
Ok so it sounds like they are taking bungie.net and upgrading it for call of duty. While a few of the features sounded kind of cool I dont know how many people would actually pay for this.
Atleast it is optional, part of the service is free, and online play is still free, overall its not a bad decision because they make noone mad.
**BRAAAHHHH** Phil! Don't set the standard so high! If we make an Overblood group, I might have to subscribe to this junk!
although it is a good addition although a total copy i believe there should be a gamers protest against activision against their money hashing
i somehow think this may be good but activision needs to stop hashing peoples money. i feel like there may need to be a protest against activision for this to happen. well i wont buy this game maybe the tenth one in the series
Seems interesting, it might just bring CoD into the modern era ;)
Throughout the article I was thinking "they had better included map packs". And having just read that they DID, I can see this being totally worth it. I'm on the fence still, it really depends on the cost ($5/month compared to $10-15/month). I'll be playing skyrim like crazy when that comes out, so it'll be a while before I play MW3 and subscribe to a program like this.
First step: Charge monthly fee for features which should be free.
Next step: Charge monthly fee to be able to play CoD online at all.
I just don't know about this. It seems like it just isn't worth paying for to be honest. If I like the map packs I don't have a problem with paying Microsoft points for them. I will totally get the free version, but as far as paying, I really don't think so.
This sounds like an improved Halo Waypoint to me. Which is perfectly fine. I'll have to see what's offered on the free side before I can decide if this is worth subscribing to, though.