Beachhead’s Studio Head Chacko Sonny has confirmed why ELITE’s PC platform was delayed in an interview with Activision’s Social Media Manager, Dan Amrich (One of Swords). PC gamers won’t be able to use Call of Duty ELITE on its launch date.
DAN AMRICH Back in August, at GamesCom, you mentioned that you were working on customizing the PC platform for Elite. Back then I wondered if dedicated servers might be causing some of the concern — since there’s no central server hub to maintain data security, I thought that might make it hard to run competitions if you can’t guarantee how the servers are run. Is that part of it?
CHACKO SONNY Correct. We’re as committed as ever to the PC, but the need to ensure a safe PC environment is greater than ever. It’s really extensive. We need more time to get there, so Elite on PC will not launch on Day 1. We’re working our butts off to make it happen, but we won’t release it until we know that PC gamers can enjoy Elite as it’s meant to be.
The issue here is that the PC is an insecure platform. Without a central, trusted resource for stats, a lot of our competition features become unfair. We can’t give away prizes when people can easily cheat their stats. Leaderboards are less fun when a lot of the users are there unfairly.
There will be no delay for the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, they’re full steam ahead, and you’ll be updated on this story if you stay with theCoDdaily or follow theCoDdaily.
Beachhead’s Noah Heller (right) also confirmed there will be no paid version of ELITE PC.
DAN AMRICH A year’s premium membership to Elite is one of the most prominent elements of MW3′s Hardened Edition, but there is no PC version of HE available for preorder. Does that mean there is no paid PC membership to Elite?
NOAH HELLER As Chacko mentioned, not being able to trust stats is a big problem for our design. Because of this, we had to re-imagine Elite for PC. Elite for PC will be about access to your own stats, or those of your friends. Basically establishing a circle of trust. And because it will have some reduced functionality, it will be free for everyone.