The stat-tracking, community-driven Call of Duty: Elite is still missing in action. Problems have continued to plague the free and premium versions. It's still broken.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 seems to have launched relatively hitch free, but the persistent online stat tracking service Elite seems to be staggering under the weight of all of those new users.
Unless you're one of the several thousand people playing early, you'll have to wait until midnight to get your hands on Modern Warfare 3, but Activision's Call of Duty Elite service is now live, ready to keep you occupied until then.
Call of Duty's online social hub (dubbed "Elite") revolves around three main features. "Connect" allows players to network with one another in a number of different ways, and provides a social network for players to communicate. "Compete" lets players set up their own brackets and tournaments, or compete for prizes in Activision-sponsored official events. And "Improve" lets players analyse their performance and better understand maps, weapon loadouts, and their own tendencies.
Activision is rolling out the beta version of the Call of Duty Elite service on the PlayStation 3, allowing selected Black Ops players try out video sharing, stat tracking, custom groups and competitive events. Sign up now!
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.
Badges awarded at Call of Duty XP give an idea of the activities that expo attendees enjoyed over the weekend. Kotaku spent the past two days the inaugural gathering for fans of Activision's combat shooter, where the publisher revealed more details about the premium Call of Duty Elite subscription, we spent time with the game's multiplayer offerings, and everyone gazed at a massive display of firearms. All that and more is here for you now.
Activision's social network and stat-tracking service for the Call of Duty enthusiast, Call of Duty Elite, may become your preferred way to meet and play against your fellow first-person shooter fans. It does a whole lot more, but let's take a look at what Elite's Connect feature suite is all about.
Call of Duty Elite, Activision's new social network and stat-tracking service that will launch alongside Modern Warfare 3 — and work with last year's Call of Duty: Black Ops — is largely going to be free to use. But there are very good reasons for investing in Elite.