Activision On Call Of Duty Elite: ‘Even Haters Can Play For Free’

Activision On Call Of Duty Elite: ‘Even Haters Can Play For Free’

That is a direct quote from the FAQ Activision just released [.doc]for Call of Duty Elite, a final plea for you to not hate the shooter’s paid subscription service, and an argument that needs, oh, just six pages to summarize.

That’s not to say they beat around the bush. The first set of bullet points concerns all the free stuff you can do. Though many have said this is no different from what offers to the Halo community, the meat of it is this: Stat-tracking and online multiplayer are free, and you don’t need to pay for the Elite subscription if all you want to buy are map packs.

The rest of the document is still coy about what exactly the paid features are, explaining that they’re staying mum because so much of it is tied into Modern Warfare 3 features Activision isn’t ready to announce. That said, the FAQ confirms that if you pony up for the Elite membership, “means you get all of the playable game DLC for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 .” Whatever DLC that isn’t “playable game,” who knows, but they probably have something in mind.

Here’s all the free stuff if you don’t want to drag the Word doc. We know and Activision knows you’re going to rage against this, but face it: Come December, they’re gonna make logs of cash big enough to roast the Christmas turkey.

• Access Elite through the web as well as Elite’s free custom iOS and Android applications for smartphones and tablets

• Communicate any way you want across mobile, console and the web with your friends

• Track and share thousands of stats with friends – k/d ratios, score-per-minute, win % and loads more, all represented in easy to understand charts and infographics

• Create your own custom leaderboards to track friendly rivalries – who is moving up and down in your group of friends?

• analyse advanced heat maps detailing your match-by-match performance – where you killed or got killed, when it happened, and more

• analyse your weapons performance – which weapons you are best with in which situations

• Upload and share videos of your greatest moments through our exclusive theatre mode with the touch of a button

• After you analyse your performance to your heart’s content – customise your loadout – search through all the weapons, attachments and perks, and push them directly into the game menu from the web or your mobile device with the touch of a button

• Join dozens of groups and find other players with common interests to play with and compete against – find people who make the game the most fun for you – TDM, Lakers’ fans, Weekend Warriors?

• Create a private Clan with players who share your interests and skill level

• Bring your Facebook friends right into the game, easily taking your existing network into the Call of Duty experience.

• Seamlessly be placed into matches into Groups who share your affinities and interests based on your Facebook profile to elevate your in-game experience.

• Career? Start tracking your Call of Duty career – everything you wanted to know about your performance across the franchise starting with Black Ops.


  • LOL, sorry but it’s still but paid for

    Halo wat point is on mobile devices and xbox 360 console, then of course on the internet


    • You really didn’t read this article, did you? While I’m not overly fond of the idea of CoD Elite myself, everything in that list is FREE. Activision have yet to announce what the paid content is.

        • That’s like saying if I pay $30 a week I get 300 free phone calls. Your still paying $30 a week!
          I think it’ll work out cheaper by not signing up and just buying the DLC you want.

          Or even better, get battlefield 3. and avoid the CASH COD…

  • Meh. Franchise is dying so they’re trying to inject some stats into it and charge people to resuscitate their dead baby that is COD. Won’t work most people are going BF:3. I won’t be buying either due to being shit at FPS but BF:3 is looking better and better all the time.

    • But will they stay there? Battlefield and Call of Duty may look similar, and they’re both great series, but they’re not interchangable. They play very differently.

      The easiest way I can think of to describe the difference is that Call of Duty is about fighting and Battlefield is about winning.
      Call of Duty puts you into small maps for fast, constant action. Battlefield puts you on large maps and spaces the action out much further.

      I’m not saying Call of Duty players should avoid Battlefield 3. Just that if they go in expecting kill streaks and junk like that they’re not going to have a very fun time. Particularly if you don’t like the idea of repeatedly getting shot from across the map.

  • 6 pages… I LOLed too!

    It’s either free or it’s not.

    Owen, what’s your verdict -for those of us too lazy to read?

  • They probably realised MW has jumped the shark and the amount of vocal backlash against this franchise is enough people are ditching for BF3.

    So probably trying to milk every last cent from the most diehard fans before they finally torpedo the franchise.

    I don’t know why Activision still does this. If you treat your consumer base like shit, they’ll inevitably move to the alternative.. Whether it be Skate, Rock Band or Battlefield. They’re handing EA sales on a silver platter.

  • CoD is dying and Activision no this. So now they are going to milk the franchise for everyu penny it’s worth.

    I don’t care what they are giving for free because I didn’t buy Black Ops and I won’t buy this of MW3.

    What worries me more is that Activision are now Bungie’s publisher.

  • It may be that the subscription has special features/maps that on paying subscribers can only play. Not sure though, either way, paid subscription for multiplayer is completely dumb (btw, I’m not talking about MMO’s). The only alternative is if ppl were paying for community developed content, kind of like Mann co

  • Talk about beating a dead horse, let it go Activision. This was possibly the dumbest attempt to grab more fans & in turn achieve the opposite. At least Activision will fold this franchise finally (hell, its about time) & move onto sometime worth Earths life-time.

  • Wait so non game dlc isn’t included? If I don’t get my mw3 army camo avatar gear too it’s no deal from me

  • MW3 has a paid service, conditioning players to an extra gaming subscription.
    The next COD game will be pay to play.

    Or it will become like An Activision account to play any Activision game and pay to play some of the bigger games.

  • As if anyones gonna pay some subscription service to get extra DLC. Wtf kind of nerdy idiot would do that, seriously?

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