Call of Duty Elite is a subscription-based service which is available for the multiplayer part of Call of Duty: Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3. The service is similar to Bungie.net and Battle.net as it provides statistics about the games in a really detailed way along with some social-networking options. When Call of Duty Elite was first announced, Activision promised exclusive video content to all subscribers and the possibility of getting all the downloadable content for its latest military first-person shooter free of charge. The second part of that statement will become a reality pretty soon, as Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling has officially confirmed Modern Warfare 3’s first add-on which will apparently come out on January 24, 2012.
The announcement was verified by a Twitter post which states: “Exclusive sneak peek at ‘Park’ – some of the first #MW3 DLC hitting Jan 24th for Elite subscribers! More info in Jan!” Additionally, Bowling included a picture of the map named “Park” which most people are speculating is going to be set in New York City’s Central Park. The creative strategist also hinted that there are going to be other maps featured in the DLC and that we’ll get more detailed information about it in January.
In the past few years, the Call of Duty series has quickly become one of the most meaningful franchises and Activision has recently called it the biggest launch in entertainment history. Moreover, the title has sold $1 billion units faster than any other entertainment property, surpassing James Cameron’s Avatar (which I still don’t see as a fair comparison.) Even when I disagree with the position of Activision to compare Modern Warfare 3 with other forms of entertainment, the success of the game is simply undeniable.
Regarding Call of Duty Elite, the subscription portion (there is also a free portion which includes video sharing, statistics and clan support) is $49,99 a year and the service includes premium features such as the aforementioned DLC and video content along with daily competitions with virtual and real-life prizes, the ability to level up your clan, access to Elite TV and more. Some applications have also been released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, and there are some mobile apps that can be accessed on iPhones and Androids. The service also features Facebook integration as it allows users to invite their Facebook friends to some Call of Duty matches. Although the service was officially launched on November 8, 2011 for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the PC version has been delayed.