Report: Call Of Duty Elite Shutdown Impairing Modern Warfare 3 DLC Downloads

by Mike Futter on Mar 11, 2014 at 07:45 AM

Multiple users have reported problems downloading Call of Duty: Modern War 3 DLC following the shutdown of Activision’s Call of Duty Elite service. Elite, which was first launched in part as a season pass for Modern Warfare 3, was shut down on February 28, 2014.

Unlike Call of Duty DLC for other games, Elite members received monthly Modern Warfare 3 updates that were then bundled together for a la carte purchase in four “collections.” According to users, adding the different collections results in a download error (code 80153003).

Activision reconfigured its approach to DLC prior to the launch of Black Ops 2, which followed a traditional schedule. Elite continued to provide services, including clan and loadout management. 

With the release of Call of Duty: Ghosts, Activision transitioned to a new app that serves a similar function. This led to the Elite shutdown last month. We’ve reached out to Activision for comment on this and will update should we receive a response. 

Thanks to reader Ryan for the news tip.

[Source: Call of Duty, GameFAQs,TrueAchievements Forums


Our Take
Even though Modern Warfare 3 is now over two years old, the legacy Call of Duty games still have followings. Even if they didn't, Activision is currently selling DLC, which it cannot deliver (at least on Xbox 360). I expect that there is a workaround for this that Activision can implement, but until it does, the DLC should come down from the affected services.