Call of Duty: Elite priced for Australia

Activision slaps a A$64.99/4,000 Microsoft point price tag on Call of Duty: Elite Down Under.

The initial announcement for Call of Duty: Elite divided fans--some were excited by the service, while others questioned what it would actually add to the Call of Duty experience. However, two weekends ago Activision won over fan support for the service when it announced the pricing structure and, more importantly, indicated that a one-year subscription would come free with the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

While Activision initially left out pricing for Call of Duty: Elite Down Under, the megapublisher today revealed local pricing. A one-year subscription will set Aussie fans back A$64.99 for PlayStation 3 users and 4,000 Microsoft points for those on Xbox 360. At this stage, no pricing for the PC version of Call of Duty: Elite has been announced.

If you compare that to the US pricing, Aussies are paying $14.99 more for the service. GameSpot AU has asked local Activision reps for comment on the price discrepancy, but we have yet to hear back.

While the inflated price of Call of Duty: Elite in Australia might be a bit of a kick between the legs to Aussie gamers, it's important to remember that those who purchase the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will receive a free one-year subscription to the service. Aside from all of the statistical services that Call of Duty: Elite offers, subscribers will get free access to all four DLC packs for Modern Warfare 3. Given that the previous Call of Duty DLC expansions usually retail for around A$23.95 in Australia, it's fair to speculate that you'll still be saving money by signing up for Elite.

For more information on what the Call of Duty: Elite service offers, check out our coverage from the Call of Duty XP event.

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27 comments
KillerSlothLol
KillerSlothLol

This is taken from the elite site FAQ "We are offering annual Call of Duty Elite memberships at $49.99 in the U.S. Internationally it will be £34.99 in the UK, €49.99 in the EU and $64.99 in ANZ. This offers an incredible value since it includes $60 of MW3 DLC at no additional cost." so at no additional cost of $5 more? right....

benboz
benboz

I will stay with the free service. There is no way im gonna pay that much for this service

RBwd
RBwd

if your in the uk or aus your always gona get screwed compaired to the US. but must admit down under get treated like s**t

l33tek
l33tek

lol i got black ops for 5$ thanks to disk cleaning machines and i play all the time.

afrojim525
afrojim525

Or, orrrr... you could just get BF3 Limited Edition, which includes a free map pack (and a much better game). And the best bit? It's only $57 at ausgamez.com That's cheaper than this "Elite" crap alone!

Acetoxic
Acetoxic

lol i got black ops for 10$ thanks to where my cousin works and all i play on the game is zombies.

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Typical regional price gouging by the mega-publishers. The Australian dollar has been worth more than the USD for a long time now, we don't get anything extra for our $65 price tag and we're supposed to swallow it. The Hardened Edition is $150 here. That's 50% higher than the US price of $100. Where's the 50% extra stuff we're getting!?

Darthrocker
Darthrocker

@muddyg3cko thanks for the thought... but im a pc guy and dont own a ps3 :(

Cobretti1818
Cobretti1818

was gonna pass on COD anyway, now its a double pass.

muddyg3cko
muddyg3cko

@Darthrocker if you have ps3 you can just share them with your bro so you only buy one copy of each. i haven't done it myself but im pretty sure you can. you should look into it. thats if u got ps3. dont think u can on xbox.

DWade3Official
DWade3Official

All I know is that the maps and multiplayer better be worth the price this year!!!

Darthrocker
Darthrocker

you know, i would be VERY happy with just fan made custom maps... i like to play these games on a LAN with my bro... i have to buy 2 copies, which also means i have to buy the DLC twice aswell! *sigh*... forget that, looks like stock maps for me, and hope some one mods it with custom maps.

Tgd11
Tgd11

i just don't care about cod news anymore to be honest

muddyg3cko
muddyg3cko

No thanks. We already get ripped with well over priced dlc (which i find very hard to understand with AUS dollar atm). I wouldn't pay $2 for this waste of time stat-looking garbage. I guess that's the price you pay for living in the best country in the world.

DAMSOG
DAMSOG

WTF?...the Aussie dollar is above parody and yet we find ourselves being charged more than the rest of the world? What a scoop! Now where do I sign up?....can anyone say Battlefield 3

999realthings
999realthings

First they charge an extra $10 on the already overpriced Steam version, then they decide to charge an extra $15 for Aussie on top of what should have been a free service. I can see heaps of Aussie jumping onto that deal

Okplay
Okplay

I play alter version of mw2 so,greedy bastards will not get a penny from me,but i feel sorry for those who will actually pay money for that and even buy all those dlc's...

Psycho_Hands
Psycho_Hands

Greedy b*******. Good thing I dont play cod anymore.

darth_3pio
darth_3pio

They clearly don't want Australian's playing. What with MW2 PC banning of grey import keys, and now the pricing on such a waste of space service such as Elite that as has been mentioned is free with other games.

taidalwave
taidalwave

call of duty is good game but seeing them trying to money like that is... really makeing a call of duty every year that does not add anything new selling overpriced maps and now this. i will probably buy MW3 but i am NEVER going to buy this

nemesis1990
nemesis1990

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse.

Masterous
Masterous

Saying it loud and clear, no issues with people liking the game, but you're dim as heck if you sign up for Elite.

CraigNinten
CraigNinten

what a joke, we will pay higher price for the damn game than American, thats a pain in the ass already, and now they asking us to pay $65 for accessing some random status that every other shooters provide for free, this is just plainly stupid, pointless.