Call of Duty Elite premium tier $50 a year

Subscription service includes all DLC in monthly content drops featuring multiplayer maps, spec op missions, and new game modes; all versions of Hardened Edition include Elite membership.

Activision first announced Call of Duty: Elite in May, but the publisher has been tight-lipped on exactly what the premium tier of the first-person shooter's subscription-based service would include, and how much it would be.

Elite's premium tier will cost $50.

That changed during the keynote address at today's Call of Duty XP fan convention, as Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed that full-year access to the premium tier of Elite would cost $50. Though Elite will have a free component, paid subscribers will get a number of perks, including access to all pieces of downloadable content released for the game. These will be delivered on a monthly basis. The DLC on its own will cost a total of $60, Hirshberg said.

There will be multiple ways to sign up for Elite, but perhaps the simplest is to purchase Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition. The $100 package will include the game, an Elite membership, and lifetime founder status in the service.

Premium Elite members will also be able to participate in competitions for prizes of both the real and virtual sort. For example, Activision is giving away a Call of Duty special-edition Jeep to one player in the Call of Duty Elite beta. Paid members can also level up clans and receive eight times more video-capture capacity. They'll also receive video content including strategy and analysis from some of the best competitive players in the world, as well as the Elite TV episodic content from talent like Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and directors Ridley and Tony Scott.

Both paid and free Call of Duty Elite subscribers will get access to Facebook integration in Modern Warfare 3, so players can jump into a game with anyone on their friends list. The service also supports groups, which will be based on interests shared between gamers.

For more on Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty's first fan convention, check out GameSpot's Call of Duty XP home page.

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Jebril
Jebril

@Legolas_Katarn Sorry I took 5 seconds out of my life while surfing the internet to point out something obvious, I only come here every couple of weeks anyway to check on the industry. I love the gaming industry and it's sad to see this what's become of it. Unbelievable.

XsickGamerX10
XsickGamerX10

I wish they would have a couple of year gap between releases so the games are actaully improved. But then they wouldnt get our money. Its also a bit stupid a map pack comes out a month before MW3. I only really buy this game now because all my friends buy them.

WillyChong
WillyChong

Wow, that gonna suck a lot of my money considered the game itself is already expensive outside US, phfff........ its not the Call of Duty:Modern Warfare 3 is used to be, more like Call for Dollar: Money Washing 3....... I felt a little sad, I no longer willing to support this sort of franchise after Black Ops.......they failed to fix the server in Malaysia/Singapore, and now ask me to pay? it sucks!

LtReviews
LtReviews

It doesn't matter if nobody buys this. They don't lose money for not being able to sell a service that hardly costs anything to make. They milked the franchise to death with everyone who buys the game, they just want to see how further they can push the user base, how much they can possibly sell their customers useless crap.

lister82
lister82

@RiOrus Funny how it's yourself that seems like the troll. The stuff I said below his comment, his comment, and others, is the arguement and they are very good arguments. MW1 is pinnacle because it brought gaming out of the closet (unfortunately), and Cod was popular before but no where near as popular compared to after MW1 was released. Most people that have a problem with MW1 and onwards is because of the amount of money they rake in for doing not very much, just putting a price tag that's even more than the usual cost of a new game, and the masses flock to buy their very overpriced expansion to the previous game. Other game developers out there actually create new ideas and designs, and produce great games, they are popular but no where near Cod's earnings, when it should be other developers who get the awards and money not bloody Infinity Ward. Activision and IW must have little celebrations together in a luxury hotel were they book out all of the rooms just to sit and have a good laugh at how gullible their customers are that they made so much money by doing so little.

beardman15
beardman15

If this were like an MMO, where new content is constantly added and a new version of the game does not come out every year, paying $50 would make sense. If they made you pay $50 per year and NEVER came out with a new COD, people would be a little bit more accepting (though many of us would never play again) but coming out with new game every + a subscription is just stupid and greedy.

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

@RiOrus Generally i don't hate COD,and i played COD before MW.but the game could have gone better than this.Anyway why would i hate COD just like that?The game was really good and COD4 was so cool but when i bought MW2 i thought it was to be like COD4 but i barely played the game i played it for 1 month or so and stopped playing it.

RiOrus
RiOrus

@hellangel_boy Oh for god sake, listen to yourself? Oh uh yeah... CoD4 was good... and uh yeah new ones aren't good... and um devs sold out... and uhh it'd cool to hate CoD.... and and and casual gamers have ruined it...and and and yea noobs noobs, guns, multiplayer, and and... Put up a good argument will you if your going to troll these message boards. CoD was big before modern warfare, the only thing that has changed is that its now extremely well establish on current gen consoles. You're talking like they owe you something... they don't owe you anything, you went ahead and bought the game through your own free will. If you don't like it, don't buy the games?

paladin125
paladin125

Ha I like how they already have a number on how much DLC they will add and sell - DLC that should be in the game already, especially considering the game isn't even out yet.. and that $50 elite crap... that article says plenty to make it obvious its not even close to being worth it

hellangel_boy
hellangel_boy

@lister82 I can't agree more.First yeah COD4 was huge and one of the best games ever and yeah becuse it was the first installment on th next generation consoles.They added creativity into it and made it a huge success,besides it was the first so only people who cared about the game bought it not like these days just because COD is popular any casual/recent gamer as u said buys it.And i think i'll go for that they r clueless more than morons.But after the game went famous they stopped caring about quality (Like lots of things in today's life when u r famous ignore the real people who cared about u)and started giving an average game or lower than average because they know it will make money for them.I should say i'm kinda sad that they decided to destroy their game by themselves just for money while they could make a great game like lots of other franchises that lasted for long because their companies cared about quality.Fast money goes fast.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

@dcrabiddog See, you're the type of easy prey these guys are after. Completely careless of what you're getting as long as you're getting something. Same bull, different year, and when you're through, get ready for another one come November 2012! So yeah, money doesn't give life meaning but remember, the money you save from not being sheeped by Activision can be put towards other fun things, gaming or recreational. If that doesn't bother you, by all means GO HAVE A BLAST BRO!

lister82
lister82

@dcrabiddog They're not putting that much effort into it, especially compared to the money they make from it. If they did put the effort in then we wouldn't be seeing the same recycled game time after time. The problem is the casual/recent gamers, which make up a substantial part of gaming, are either clueless or just morons to the fact that they're just paying through the nose every year for the same game just with some modifications.

jdog8888888
jdog8888888

You know this is optional right? For those who buy every COD add on, this is free plus savings. I will not buy it, but it makes sense.

BloodMist
BloodMist

@dcrabiddog There is no excuse you can possibly think of to justify blatantly ripping your customers off.None.To attempt to rationalize it is to be brainwashed to some degree.Oh and of course, this is as by the numbers and uninspired as a sequel can possibly be, so they didn't put all that much effort into the creation of it, either.Don't be giving credit where it's undue.

dcrabiddog
dcrabiddog

what part of business do you all not understand? every game is about making money period if no money is made there will be no more of a series. are they rich? yes. do they work hard? yes. did they go to school for years and years to earn these things? yes. i am broke, i live on 700 bucks a month as a disabled gamer whats. money doesn't make you happy, fun, smiling, laughter,sadness, heartbreak, this is what life is about for the real human, all the new perks and support killstreaks and calling in Juggernaut's this is going to be a blast. remember half of infinity left so a new engine wasn't going to happen this year but look at all the work that went into this game and need i remind you 60 frames per second woooof! we are all gonna have a blast with our friends! btake stock of what you have in your life today, your health, food, a gaming system,friends be they virtual or physical, shelter, your dog, kitty, rat, snake,insect. peace to you from outer space little humans grrrrrrrrr! wooof!

blackace
blackace

Even though I'm getting MW3, I have no plans to buy into this CoD Elite crap. I usually only play the game for a few months anyways before I move on to the next game. Activision is just greedy for milking money from their user base.

lister82
lister82

Call of Duty games, well when I say that I mean MW2, Blops, and MW3. I can't count MW1 since that was the start of the perks/streaks stuff, and all in all was pretty decent to play if you didn't have a lot of campers or noob perk combos in the match. Same for World at War, it doesn't count since it was at least in a different setting and was also decent fun to play if there wasn't any campers. Cod games don't advance the genre, or even try to. Like the upcoming game which should just be named MW2.4.1 in which they could, if they wanted, just have patched the current MW2 game to be like MW3. I wouldn't mind if Cod games were half the price since they come out every year, but how they have the nerve to not only charge more than a standard game on console - £44, but also on PC - £35, is ridiculous. It annoys me at how much money they earn from it for doing so very little to each game. IW and Activision must have a good laugh together about that very subject.

taylor888
taylor888

I might have to get the hardened edition. Btw, even if Battlefield gets a better score or whatever, I will probably enjoy this more. Im just going by the Battlefield games I have played in the past and didn't really like. Plus, all my friends who moved away will have this game so I can chat em up while we play.

avenger_20
avenger_20

Activisions CEO looks like some rich greedy BASTARD !!!

B4NTH4F0DD3R
B4NTH4F0DD3R

I've already commented on this board, but I've thought more about it. Activision/Infinity Ward/Treyarch is an entity that "supposedly" listens a great deal to its community. However, they seem to be very childish in that they have "selective hearing", ignoring all the fans/used-to-be fans on message boards such as this one, who are raising legitimate concerns about the playability/sustainability of their games/franchise. They would do well to pay more attention to these people. I suppose we'll see how things pan out in a few months.

MW2ismygame
MW2ismygame

can sombody tell me the logic in this? this the highest grossing franchise in gaming history yet they still want more ? and on top of that when battlefield 3 is coming at them like a bat out of hell ? well you know what you keep that and ill buy a second copy of the better game, battlefield 3 for my new computer thank you for making that simple activision

dalua360
dalua360

OH look, MW3 is everywhere here on Gamespot. Activision must have bought this website! And even after that HUGE amount of money spent on marketing, BF3 will be the best game! Pathetic !

StingrayX5
StingrayX5

Wow, the COD fanboys can have fun paying $60 for a rehash and another $50/year for a service and $20 map packs, I'll be enjoying Battlefield 3 and it's free battlelog, free map packs and a game that actually changed from the past 4 years.

bignick217
bignick217

No thank you Activision... You call this a "No Brainer"... Wait... Actually, you're right. It is a no brainer. My answer is NO. I'll save my money and use it for another game that's actually worth it. I'm not paying a monthly subscription that equates to almost $5 a month just to play multiplayer matches on just "ONE" game that should be completely free in the first place. Every other game gives multiplayer free. (Excluding MMO's) They've always been free and should always remain free. If I pay you for this stupid idea, it would be the same as me justifying your actions. Paving the way for other companies to do it. Creating a gaming world where for every one game I play online, I would have to pay $5 every month just to play online. I have a lot of games. Multiplying that over each game makes for an incredibly over-priced hobby. I'm sorry, but I just can't justify this cost. And I can't put my stamp of approval on it by buying it. It's wrong. It's greedy. And it's down right stupid when considering every other game in multiplayer deathmatch, capture-the-flag or whatever gaming history has always been free. I'll save my money and use it on another game more deserving of my money. Thanks for nothing.

bignick217
bignick217

Side note... Yes, I know there is a free version, but that is not the point. Multiplayer should be open to everyone, and not restricted to only those people who can afford the recurring price for the same game. If you can't afford the monthly subscription or the constant $15 map pack DLC's you're basically being singled out from online gameplay. And before you start arguing for Activision about buying DLC, I have this quick question. Do you remember when "Map Packs" used to be free? I do! I can understand DLC, full new levels and scenarios. "Map Packs"?... That's just not enough to justify a recurring $15 purchase for each pack containing only 4-5 new maps each. Remember the original Supreme Commander... It had 2 map packs... Both had 20+ maps each. And both were free! And Supreme Commander was not the exception to the rule. My point stands.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@Chaotic19 The one who pays is stupid, not the one asking for too much. 'nuff said E: Actually, not only are they not stupid, they are very clever. If there is someone willing to pay for overpriced crap, why the hell would they not deliver? Of course the process does hurt those that would rather pay for better games :/

LordRaymond
LordRaymond

Theres nothing stopping Activision now. They have forsee millions and millions of COD fans lining up to take part of a life changing opportunity. Once they join COD XP there is no way out.

MrDouglas
MrDouglas

Have they clearly stated that you get to keep the downloadedable content when you don't renew after a year? Cause "full-year access" sounds alot like the Playstation Plus system, where you get free games every month but you can only play them for as long as you subscribe, then you lose access.

benboz
benboz

I'm just getting the game. That is all you need.

dstv
dstv

Battlelog ....it's Fun, effective and most of all it's FREE

moviequest14
moviequest14

Ah, the greediness of modern gaming....remember in the good old days when purchasing the game was enough? Now you are a valued customer if you purchase the game...upgrade to premium subscription,buy dlc,etc.. This greed will be the end of gaming (at least for those that practice it.Here is my advice to battlefield 3...don't charge for dlc or don't have dlc at all.People would a whole lot rather buy a game and get the game than buy a game and end up paying more for the game than the system it is on. The ''old-fashioned'' way of the past = Paying full price for a full game. The ''new-and-in'' way of the future/present= Paying full price for half a game then paying even more for the rest of the game. While it seems to make a quick profit at the time being cheating the consumers and ripping them off almost ALWAYS comes back to bight them in the butt...it is just a matter of time and/or competition.

Userunknown10
Userunknown10

looks like the new title should be Money Wasted 3

bub166
bub166

@booty56 Yes, good way to look at this. Just another brick in the wall.

george43
george43

@x_colbert_x You do get to keep all dlc that you previously had. But obviously if you cancel after a year, you won't get anymore dlc without having to pay for it. Still, they are releasing half a game expecting $60 then charging you another $50 to download the other half.

X_Colbert_X
X_Colbert_X

A lot of people defending this service seem to not understand the terms of the subscription. They say this $50 dollars saves you at least $10 because it includes all DLC. However, if you look closely, the Elite membership does not ENTITLE you to all DLC, rather it grants you ACCESS to the DLC. I'm assuming this means if the membership is not renewed annually, you will lose that access and therefor not be able to play on any of the downloadable maps. Read before you type.

StingrayX5
StingrayX5

No thanks, I'll stick with Battlefield 3's FREE Battlelog.

george43
george43

brb, paying $100 for a game thats inferior to BF3

george43
george43

lol wut? Activision is just trolling kiddies now.

hybrid7seven7
hybrid7seven7

as soon as i saw the article title i literally burst out into laughter. activision's got some huge balls i'll give 'em that, but i'm not giving them a single cent.

lsw3638
lsw3638

Is it a ponzi scheme? or is it pyramid scheme? duh x3

ssj2los
ssj2los

SO CoD fans can look forward to paying $110 for all future (yearly) releases of CoD. The game and renewal of service. Cool so now you can pay $110 for the same game every year. There is something to be learned from activision, How to turn a single game dated from 2008 and make MultiBillions for the next 5 years... lol Koticks 5 year plan... rerelease CoD every year but each year give them a free "dlc" and tell them its new features in the new game. Why are we paying for MW3 when its simply just a DLC to MW2 and not only that... they have DLC piled up already to release every month for the first year? ummm... maybe all that DLC should have actually been CoD MW3. Instead they give you MW2 with the first DLC and call it MW3, with future dlc is coming, at an additional price... loooool how do gamers differ DLC content from content that should have originally went in the game? Because they say its DLC? Anyway, pass.. ill stick to mw2 and black ops, for my CoD pleasure same sh*t.

bioghost
bioghost

I love developers, I hate publishers

bioghost
bioghost

I love developers, I hate publishers

bezerk114
bezerk114

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anwar1998
anwar1998

@liam82517 : dont forget the claymores :P

anwar1998
anwar1998

If iW wants MW3 to be a success they need to release their stuff a lot wider than they think (for the PS3 I mean) because for us Malaysians here,we havent been able to download a single DLC for any COD game since MW1,i mean cmon,you guys made US$1 billion,and you guys cant sell DLC's to a bit more countries,think of all the cash you can make iW ;)