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Call of Duty: Elite to Launch with Modern Warfare 3

Call of Duty: Elite to Launch with Modern Warfare 3

Activision has added that Nov. 8 will include more than just the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It will also launch Call of Duty: Elite, a social-networking twist to a first-person player shooter's multiplayer component.

There will be a free version of Call of Duty: Elite, and a premium (paid) version as well. It's unclear how much the paid version will cost. In addition, Activision will hold a public beta this summer for Elite using their last Call of Duty Release, Call of Duty: Black Ops.

In a press release, Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing said,
"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."
The addition of social networking wouldn't be complete without adding a Facebook connection, and Elite does just that. Gamers can link their Facebook accounts to Elite, pulling in their Likes and automatically finding friends who are also using Elite.

In addition, there will be groups and clans. Groups can be based on anything, like a love for machine guns. They operate similarly to fan pages on Facebook. Users can join a total of 64 groups.

On the other hand, users can only belong to one clan. There is also a cap on the number of players that can be in a clan. There isn't a lot of detail around clans yet, but Activision has promised they would be key.

There are four components to Elite: Career, Connect, Compete and Improve.

Career is what it sounds like, a way to visualize your career stats on the Elite site.

Connect is the social networking component. "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 refers to competitions that will be established via Call of Duty: Elite. Events and competitions will be organized, and group players with others with similar abilities and skill levels. Both in-game and real-world prizes will be rewarded to "all skill levels."

Improve refers to the Call of Duty: Elite component that is aimed at improving player performances. Not only does it provide players with a dynamic strategy guide that tracks their statistics and performances, it can show users how they compare against others in the community. Tools will be provided so players can improve their gameplay.

Activision has a trailer that explains more about Elite. You can watch it below.

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COOL:D

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interesting but for the features its offering there are already similar free services like "Gamebattles" which is part of that possessional video game league, this justs seams like a way for Activision to milk the cow a little more and squeeze out more money from one of the video game series that currently holds the top gross income for release day, even if "elite" is a little more refined and polished with in game connectivity and facebook/social networking features integrated as well

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Its like what Bungie did 7 years ago. Might be cool though, we'll see.

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i sing up for the BETA already

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Everything is getting integrated with social networking so Activision is just jumping on the bandwagon here. Personally I don't think they should charge for the services only for entries into the tourneys.

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haha!!!! The beginning of that video is like me playing! I suck but love it. I think this might be pushing it a bit far, I really don't care how got your kills nor do I want to see a graph of myself getting my rear kicked by little kids, I just want to play the game.

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heh, that just calling noobs out on this :). Who wants to play someone with a 0:100 KDR? now it just kicks you in the face every time you play :P But it is neat to have and would be better for those that are good at the game.

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Eh, it's nothing new or revolutionary. We've had stuff like this ever since Battlefield 2 in 2005.

Though I do admit I like them brining back the social networking stuff from a game in 2002, even though it may seem a bit gimmicky (I mean just imagine if Counter-Strike had a social network function in it's game...)

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Nice bit of news.  However, I'm not too happy about paying for a social networking feature.  :(

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Watched the tip of the intro and as soon as Karl chiped, in ..had to stop and get out the Rolling Stones track and give it the attention it deserves and have to check out the trailer a bit later

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Ah yes, like we need more COD.  I'm glad they are flatout destroying the game for profits.  I lost interest in all this COD nonsense after MW2.

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Ok had to get a bit of some classic Rolling Stones fix which was more important to me at the time than to finish viewing the trailer.

Nope so not think that i would designate the possibility of purchasing this version of COD .just does not seem to be worth it . bersides not really a big fan of the social network kill ratio info ..Not really disappointed with this one at all had enough COD already for me .

oh well Mick and the boys remind me 

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_VbImuG71M]

out of this one Smile

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just really cannot get to excited with another COD considering the price of a game is a pretty good fraction of the cost of a good SSD .So a game like Prey2 which has I think has a newer trailer out and won't be released for while is way more likely to get my hard-earned cash designated for game-play.

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I have not purchased a CoD game since Modern Warfare they are simply repeating the same game over and over again in a different environment. Blah!

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omegadraco:

I have not purchased a CoD game since Modern Warfare they are simply repeating the same game over and over again in a different environment. Blah!

yep def agree that's why i thought my time would be better more enjoyably spent checking out some good 'ol Rolling Stone trks just from the first few seconds of the trailer

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