Via a trailer by LegendofKarl (which will be included at the end of the post), details on Activision’s rumoured online subscription service for the Call of Duty franchise have been realised. Kind of. Call of Duty: Elite is described as “if organized sports met social networking, had a baby and gave that baby a flamethrower,” and could either be the greatest evil of all or a master stroke from Activision.
The addition to the franchise will reportedly come at no additional cost (read: You don’t pay to buy it) and will be free to use. Unless you want access to premium features. That’s where the monthly subscription fee will come in, which as of yet, has not been determined. Call of Duty: Elite will allow players to experience multiplayer in new ways, but won’t replace the existing system. Watching the video, you can see the ability to form up into loose groups of gamers and even clans (Finally, a decent clan system instead of clan tags??).
A revamped theater mode for online can also be seen (or at least I assume it’s revamped, judging by the interface) and the ability to evaluate your match performances in great detail. Tournaments with real prizes are shown as a possibility, as well as a variety of events and competitions around the clock. Activision Blizzard have announced that a beta will be taking place this upcoming Northern Hemisphere summer (which you can sign up for here), so one assumes at the very least the beta will work with Call of Duty: Black Ops and make it’s intended release in time for Modern Warfare 3.
What features will be made available for free and what will come with the monthly subscription are yet to be revealed but can be expected in the coming months. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.