Although we’re still roughly six months away from the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Activision has just revealed another ace up their sleeves in the way of Call of Duty Elite.
CODE will essentially become an online social network for Call of Duty fans that will add new features, along with access to exclusive content and original entertainment.
“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,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “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.”
With Elite, players will be able to interact with the game and COD gamers online and through mobile devices. Anything that is done via the online service, will affect the game itself. Players will be able to 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.
In addition, players will have available a constant stream of events and competitions, tiered to group them with those with similar abilities. Both in-game and real-world prizes will be rewarded to all skill levels. Finally, the service will also offer an online coach to help with strategies and help improve performance.
Carrying forward to future Call of Duty games, Elite will chronicle a player’s gameplay history in a cohesive career record, keeping track of every kill, every game and progress.
The service, which will have a fee that is yet to be determined, is expected to launch alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on November 8. A beta program will also be released this summer and gamers can register now to become a beta tester upon its availability.