We've seen what Call of Duty Elite looks like and been told of what it does, but how will it change the CoD experience for the player? We asked Robert Bowling of Infinity Ward to give us some examples.
Bowling says that Call of Duty Elite will make the game even more accessible than it already is by helping casual players improve in ways they may not have thought of.
The thing I love about Call of Duty is on the one hand it’s extremely accessible -- anyone can pick it up and play, whether you’re good or bad you can have fun at it -- but it’s also very deep. So there’s a lot that you can get into and master, and what Elite will do is allow more of those casual players to master it more so than they ever have before.
An example is being able to go in and identify what you’re good at. In the past when you go into a Call of Duty game, your first instinct is ‘I need to be a good team death match player, I need to be good at getting kills and not dying a lot'. But in reality, there are so many other ways to play the game that don’t involve being good at getting kills, and I know that sounds abnormal for a shooter, but that’s the glory of Call of Duty.
What Elite will allow you to do is see that maybe you’re really good at capturing the flag or you’re really good at defending, and you can see tips and recommendations so that if you’re good at one thing it can start recommending weapons and perks. You can then try them out and push that custom class directly into the game, then the next time you’re playing you'll realise it’s helping you be better at what you’re actually good at.
This is all well and good, but not everyone who plays CoD plays it casually. How will Elite help those who are playing at higher levels?
Elite gives players the tools to improve. For hardcore players, you can set-up specific teams you want to play with. The hardcore players can get more competitive if they want to, and then there’s tonnes of operations and tournaments that they can actively compete in that have set rules that allow them to find more challenges, because that’s the best way to become a better player. Elite affects your ability to control that experience.
Do you plan on paying for Call of Duty Elite when it comes out? Is this the sort of thing that appeals to you? Let us know!