Today, the Call of Duty Elite Closed BETA was released to a small number of people, so check your inbox (if you signed up)!

Also today, the Call of Duty XP website was updated with more info!

Bowling Talks Philosophy

Kotaku talks about Robert Bowling revealing more about Multiplayer, this time it’s official.

Robert Bowling explains that camping is a nuisance in Call of Duty, so he says the games they are producing will have no more than 5 hotspots. Basically, a hotspot is where someone is frequently shooting.

It simplifies it so that the less skilled player has less to think about.

What happens when you have more is that the professional guys are using that spot that is either difficult to get to.

There’s fewer places to hide, which discourages the more camper mentality that seemed to emerge in the map design of Modern Warfare 2.

He also emphasises that the reliance on air support will be reduced in MW3, making it feel like the original Modern Warfare.

Modern Warfare style is, for me, all about the high-speed, fast-paced — and I’m talking in terms of smooth controls and 60-frames-per-second framerate — infantry-focused combat.

And it’s all focused on that gun-on-gun gameplay, especially in Modern Warfare 3. I feel like it’s something we nailed with Call of Duty 4. We moved away from it a little bit with MW2, relying heavily on air support, killstreaks, perks and stuff like that. Modern Warfare 3, very much (is) building up from that Call of Duty 4 mentality of gun-on-gun, fast-paced infantry gameplay.

So it sounds good on the new MW3 MP. That’s it for this, but you can…

Read more on Kotaku here.

The Experience

The CoD XP site has been updated with the latest information on XP; like tickets, more on the million-dollar tournament and travel packages.

1 – Tickets

Here’s the info. Bulletted.

  • Tickets will go on sale July 19th at 10 AM PDT. Go here to convert your time.
  • Tickets are $150 and they are all for two days.
  • They all are for ALL events, except food.
  • Individuals may purchase up to two tickets.
  • Full name is required from each atendee.
  • Tickets are non-transferable.
  • 100% of the profit goes to Call of Duty Endowment.
  • Attendees must be 18 years or over.
  • XP will be filmed, and all attendees grant permission to include their likenesses, images and voices in such filming.
  • Attendees voluntarily enter XP and assume all risk of injury associated therewith.
  • Attendees also understand that they may be required to sign a release to participate in certain events at XP.

And Activision also said,

Neither Activision nor their respective employees, directors, officers, agents or cooperating organizations, affiliates, licensors will be liable for any consequences arising by reason of an Act of God, fire, natural disaster, accident, act of government, shortages of labor, material or supplies, wars, civil disturbances or any other similar circumstances.

See the tickets page.

2 – Million-Dollar Tournament


  • There will be 32 teams competing.
  • Each team will have 4 players, each.
  • The prizes are worth $1 million in cash and money.
  • The victorious team will win $400,000.
  • Four team slots will be available for qualification on the event.
  • Gamers from selected locations can fill in the remaining 28 teams.
  • All pre-qualification contests will be on Black Ops.
  • Successful pre-qualifiers will receive round-trip airfare to Los Angeles and hotel accommodations to compete in the main event at XP. See rules governing each pre-qualification contest for details.
  • More info soon.
See the tournament page.

3 – Travel

Travel packages will be introduced on the 19th of July, along with the ticket release.

See the travel packages page.


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