Call of Duty Elite shutting down on Friday - What that means for you

Activision closing online service this week; everyone who has logged in since January 1 will receive double XP.

Activision has announced that Call of Duty Elite, the online service launched in 2011 alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, will officially close this Friday, February 28.

The Call of Duty Elite service was designed to work with prior Call of Duty games, like Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II, and has been winding down since late last year, Activision said. There are no plans to ever bring Call of Duty Elite back, the publisher added.

Instead, Activision encouraged users to download the official Call of Duty app for Call of Duty: Ghosts and future titles, which allows players to customize their multiplayer character and weapon loadouts on the go.

Here's what Call of Duty Elite's closure means, specifically, for you:

  • When you try to open the Call of Duty Elite app on your console or mobile device, simply put, you won't be able to as of 10 a.m. PDT on Friday.
  • Call of Duty Elite Founders, members who signed up when the program originally launched in 2011, will get to keep their special emblem and it will continue to be displayed on their playercard in the Call of Duty app for Call of Duty: Ghosts.
  • Players who have logged into the Call of Duty Elite service since January 1, 2014 will receive two hours of double XP for Call of Duty: Ghosts. This will be available "soon."
  • Any content stored in-game or uploaded to YouTube via Call of Duty Elite will remain available. In the case of Black Ops II, if you previously linked your YouTube account to your Call of Duty account, all your uploaded videos will be migrated to your personal YouTube account. If not, your videos will go to dedicated Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 Black Ops II channels.
  • Regarding Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II Clans, after February 28, all Clans and Clan Management tools for those games will no longer be accessible through Call of Duty Elite. Activision encouraged users to download the Call of Duty app and try out Call of Duty Clan Wars instead.
  • Once Call of Duty Elite goes away this Friday, you also won't be able to view the medals earned from Clan Ops and Challenges.
  • Finally, all Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II stats won't be available through Call of Duty Elite, but you can still view recent stats in-game.

Modern Warfare 3 co-developer Sledgehammer Games is currently working on 2014's Call of Duty game, which Activision has described as the "perhaps the best Call of Duty game ever created." This game has yet to be formally announced but is rumored to be the next installment in the Modern Warfare series.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Discussion

69 comments
glacius_x
glacius_x

The money train stopped for us on that app. Time for it to go bye bye, is what they meant to say. And... "perhaps the best Call of Duty game ever created." Ya, okay there Craptivision. I don't think anyone but the drones & puppies are buying any of your b.s. chatter any more.

jeremyc99999
jeremyc99999

"Modern Warfare 3 co-developer Sledgehammer Games is currently working on 2014's Call of Duty game, which Activision has described as the "perhaps the best Call of Duty game ever created.""

Ghosts has only been out for 3 months and Activision is already taking a shit on it. I guess this shouldn't surprise anyone though.

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

Even BUNGIE offered FREE stat-tracking etc for Halo 2, 3, ODST & Reach.

teller76567
teller76567

I can't re down load my elite lmao oh well i already got every thing i needed from it.

deadpen
deadpen

"Call of Duty Elite shutting down on Friday - What that means for you?" NOT A DAMN THING!

tom2750
tom2750

can someone tell me WTF was call of duty elite i have it on my PS3 i haven't used it in a while so i forget what it is and what it does and also people saying it costed money? since when i never spent a cent on COD elite but i remember using it a little bit a while ago

hampton2003
hampton2003

hmm I wonder how this will shape battlefield premiums future now that their competitor dropped their subscription model.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'm sorry to those people who made use of and enjoyed this service, but to Activision I feel I have to say a fairly pointed 'haha!'. I guess there really is a limit to how much you can milk even the great Call of Duty. Learn from this Activision. 

themc_7
themc_7

People payed extra to use this service? It's exactly the same as battelog, which is free. Actually Battlelog is probably better.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

This means we play BF4 before Titanfall arrives lol

anvilone
anvilone moderator

Ramirez, download the official Call of Duty app!

kakotan
kakotan

didnt people pay extra to use elite?


obsequies
obsequies

wow that guy on the left in that video looks like hes having a good time

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

The dude bro gamers really did not give a rats Arse about paying for this App. This was doomed to fail when it launched in 2011. While the Call of Duty series is popular with the teenage dude bro gaming crowd. They are content with buying the game for $60.00 and paying on-line MP. So this was an attempt to try to make some more money from the dude bro's with a subscription service. But it did not work.

Crossel777
Crossel777

Good riddens, now abolish Call of Duty itself and we'll be pretty good.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Sooooo...was it ever worth paying for to begin with?

andres_ak47
andres_ak47

as PC user this does not mean a lot to me. IW never gave a F to the MW3 pc players, only caring for those elite members on xbox.

Whiskey3romeo
Whiskey3romeo

I shut this crappy franchise down a long time ago. 

SerJohnnyMenace
SerJohnnyMenace

The beginning of the end of Call of Duty Franchise ?

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Oh nooo... say it isn't so. Not COD Elite. How will life ever go on.... -_-

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

i hope this series dies.

but we all know there are sheep that will keep buying this game

berserker66666
berserker66666

What does it mean to me? It means ...........PARTYYYYYYYYYY TIMMMMMMEEEEEEE !!!!!!

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

MW3, was terrible. Modern warfare 3 was the start of me thinking, this is it, its over for me, this series. i no longer care about it. It seriously didnt feel fun at all, like the originals or even MW2 or COD4 or COD2. The hand holding and constant follow the leader in the single player campaign was boring and just flat out irritating, having someone constantly yell "go up that ladder, go through that window, follow me over there" and the slower pace of the MP bored me to.


Granted i give you props for Dead Space..ok? 

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

so all of you people that spent a SINGLE friggin dollar on this service, they've just ripped you all off. Especially if you were a monthly subscriber. What a waste of money. It should of come with the game in the first place and it should of been free.

k41m
k41m

Are these guys still relevant? I used to be an avid CoD fan for Cod1-2-3-4-Waw but after that they started screwing over the PC community (Don't talk shit unless you've played Vietnam mode on WaW, super fun stuff) and I just gave up on em. Were gonna start seeing a lot of shooters that surpass CoD in the next few years unless they do something drastic to change how they make these games.

teller76567
teller76567

Wow that royally sucks i knew this was going to happen but wow, make way for something else it seems a little to soon for that to be happening. What's next shutting down the Call Of duty 4 mw service online? i bet it will happen any time now and mw2 then mw3

indiexanna
indiexanna

"Hey, now that we've got ALL YO SUBSCRIPTION MONEY, it's time to say BUH BYE we're CLOSING YO SERVICE!!"

teller76567
teller76567

@tom2750  Well it was for checking online stats k/d how many kills with what guns and for clans as well as getting a call sign and emblem.

theflyking
theflyking

yeah people like me who are leaders of the top clans in the world

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

@FULGOREY2K So long as racist, cursing 12 year olds with shitty parents walk the Earth, CoD will never die. Sadly...

JURGMANDR
JURGMANDR

@nyran125tk  Activision/IW never worked on Dead Space.. that was EA and Visceral Games.

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

@nyran125tk  I didn't get ripped off, I got the full service and map packs for the 12 months I paid for it. I got what I paid for then, and I'm not losing anything with their closure now.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@k41m  MW2 was the last call of duty game i liked and i actually DID enjoy the single player campaigns of cod1,2waw and 4 and MW2. It was fun as. MW3 pissed me off. Once Zempalla and West left, it was over for me. the whole feel of it, just disappeared.

bahamutdragons
bahamutdragons

@k41m  The fact that you're asking that question kind of shows that you don't follow sales numbers.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@teller76567  MW2 was screwed years ago. i still dont mind playing COD games from time to time MW2 and backwards. Anything after MW2, i lost complete interest.

parabol69
parabol69

You must be seriously mental.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

@indiexanna And it's that kind of thing that bothers me about the Xbox Live Gold and PS+ on the Xbox consoles and PS4.

ksi_jetwolf
ksi_jetwolf

@PlatinumPaladin @kakotan Just sayin'... I never once paid to use Elite. Ever. At any time... I dunno why y'all keep sayin' people paid. Who? 'Cause I know I sure as hell didn't

Antihiatus
Antihiatus

@JURGMANDROMFG you're a noob who's probably 13......... Sledgehammer Co founders used to work at Visceral games. That's why he's giving them props. Now go play cod...........................

k41m
k41m

@bahamutdragons @k41m  Is that all you care about? Because I care about gameplay, story, replayability and whether or not its just a recycled POS of the last game. What have they done to the MP/Gameplay that's actually new and fresh? 

bahamutdragons
bahamutdragons

@k41m @bahamutdragons  That wasn't the question. The question was "are they relevant", the answer which is determined by the interest of people in the franchise, which is directly correlated to sales.  I don't really care either way, I'm not a multiplayer, these arn't my types of games. But a franchise which still tops the sales chart every year is definitely relevant.