Remember yesterday’s post on the Call of Duty Elite trailer being leaked? Well, it was actually for release today. More of beta release, since the real thing isn’t out ’till MW3.
Activision has released the beta, which you can enter your email and birthday to request to be granted permission to become a Beta Tester, which I have already requested to. Let’s hope they pick me so I can tell you what it’s like!
After long periods of time containing rumours about this so-called Project Beachead, which was a company believed to be enhancing the Call of Duty online experience, which it is doing via Call of Duty Elite.
The beta will be launching in the northern hemisphere’s summer, which is… I believe is now. I found Activision’s press release regarding Elite, and this is what they said.
They say that Activision’s new Beachead studio, Call of Duty Elite offers features that will ‘greatly enhance the multiplayer experience and deliver a new level of social engagement that will unite more than 30 million players worldwide’.
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. 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.
Eric Hirshberg, Activision CEO
Call of Duty Elite will feature new features and will reset the bar for the multiplayer experience. The service’s features can be divided into three main parts.
- 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.
Elite will continue to be updated for upcoming Call of Duty games, and previous ones… they’ll be forgotten by Elite.
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. 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.
More from Hirshberg, Activision CEO
Most of Elite‘s features will be free for everyone, but for players who want to bring it on, it will offer a premium membership ‘with a wide range of state-of-the-art services, exclusive entertainment programming and all-inclusive game content for less than the cost of any comparable online entertainment service currently in the market’.
Oh, and just to add, Xbox Live gamers, you will have to pay the Xbox Live Gold fees along with your Premium Membership with Call of Duty Elite, if you have it. It is just another thing to state that Activision / other companies within it is NOT OWNED BY MICROSOFT.
Call of Duty Elite is just around the corner and we’re looking for beta testers! The Elite service has been built from the ground up with the sole purpose of enhancing the Call of Duty multiplayer experience to epic proportions, and we really think you’re going to like it. Just how will it do that, you ask? Check out the video for a glimpse at what’s coming –
Have we blown your effen’ mind? Elite will premiere this summer in a limited closed beta before launching with November’s release of Modern Warfare 3. For a chance to get on the beta invite list, head over to callofduty.com/elite and join up today!
Today really had lots of news about Elite and a lot of tweets about it, let’s hope this isn’t too long!
Just a reminder, go to http://callofduty.com/elite to request to be a beta tester!