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.