Call of Duty Elite Xbox 360 beta goes live

Activision flips the switch on invite-only trial of military shooter series' upcoming subscription-based, community-driven service.

Activision has deemed a chosen few to be worthy of the adjective "Elite," as the publisher today said it has launched the invite-only Xbox 360 beta for the upcoming Call of Duty Elite subscription service.

The few. The proud. The beta invitees.

The beta test will initially start with a limited number of users trying out a handful of the service's features, such as stat tracking, custom player groups, and video sharing. However, Activision plans to expand the beta testing pool in staggered waves, increasing the available functionality as it goes.

Call of Duty Elite--which will be free for all, but also has paid components--was met with some confusion when it was announced. This led the megapublisher to release a FAQ detailing the free components of the service. Unfortunately, because some of the features relate to Modern Warfare 3, Activision has not yet announced what will be offered as part of its premium paid component--believed to cost around $8 a month.

One of the paid services, however, is known. Activision is planning a live-action video series that will leverage "top Hollywood talent" and is "dedicated to the Call of Duty community."

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greenpuppet2
greenpuppet2

Elite is nothing but a cash grab. I paid for mwf3 I would pay for maps but I'll be damned if I buy ELITE. Sick of being RIPPED OFF!!!

Gamey_Lord7
Gamey_Lord7

SEE!!!!!!!! IW or activision this is the reason i am getting my money straight to battlefield 3. i only like the treyarch call of duty games and modern warfare 1 was awesome but tthis is the reason your losing all your consumer we are not gonna let you bleed us dry of all of our cash you greed and by the way mw3 sucks

ShavdApe
ShavdApe

Does it really say around $8 / £5 a month that's £96 a year and you can bet your life its a years contract. For that you get what two maybe three expansions a year for the next year and then they will bring out MW 4 and youll still be left paying £5 a month, So you could buy the game on PC for £30 Xbox/Playstation £40 then lets just say they release 3 DLC each costing around £12 do the maths even based on PC costs which thats £126 give or take. Any adult think its worth it? Thats anyone that actually pay there own bills think its worth it? My point of view here is simple I already pay double for the game as I buy it for my son as well as myself, add xbox live subs on top of that x2 and then this x2 as well. Im sorry but anyone that thinks this is remotely worth it needs there head examined. Just the fact that not subscribing and buying the DLC separately works out cheaper is enough for me. Things like competitions etc. should be open to all for free anyway since without everyone's money paying for the games they wouldnt be able to continue to do them anyway. How about instead of trying to extort yet more money out of your loyal customer base you give something back every now and again. Oh one last thing its now been confirmed those that are wondering no beta for PC http://www.shacknews.com/article/69319/call-of-duty-elite-pc-beta-starting-in-fall

ShavdApe
ShavdApe

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lithus
lithus

@Philly1UPer: lol seriously? ahhh buuuut....They may release extra items or even a class or two in an update, buuuuuut you still have to pay for the DLC like The Burning Crusade, WotLK and Cataclysm....around $20-$40 a pop. So no, not "free"

GameNow79
GameNow79

Okay, we already pay approximately $60/year for Xbox Live Gold, or approximately $50/year for Playstation Plus. Or, we use the PS3's free, but less content-heavy network service. But, C'mon, give me a break. On top of buying Modern Warfare 3, we have to pay for another subscription if we want to get the most out of this experience! The publisher/company releases one of these COD games at least once a year ... and it needs to make even more profit out of us? It could be argued we are the "suckers" for buying it all up, but hey, don't charge the consumer more in addition to actually buying your product. Are you so close to bleeding this series dry that you really have to do this? Sure, I'll suck it up and buy the game ... I love the series. But pay for your Elite subscription? Not a chance. And will I miss the content of your exclusive "Elite" service? With games like the Bad Company: Battlefield franchise out there, the answer is a definitive "no." For years, a big Call of Duty fan. But to pay more and more to play something that I already purchased -- get out of here! What a slap in the face! It's already bad enough companies are releasing more and more for-purchase content to games we have already purchased at the store. But, to actually begin to start charging us for playing them, too? Do they think I'm actually going to get sucked into that? Not a chance. Sure, the game will be mine. But, you can keep your "Elite" service for someone else!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

@Philly1UPer yeah dude you are totally right i forgot steam did that as well. but all in all I think this is the future of rip offs.

mkdoomfan2
mkdoomfan2

@tomtidona thanks for the feedback :D, i suffer from the the same thing, i actually dont play multiplayer that much, im in cod for the single player :)

elitereaper66
elitereaper66

I have to give it to activision they always manage to find ways to con people out of their money at least they were decent enough to use a free version

tomtidona
tomtidona

@mkdoomfan2 , you want feedback of my own you got it :). this game was never ment (in my opinion) to be sort of team playing game , 1. maps are too small to give me any satisfaction after wining , thats include num of players in each round and time limit. 2. too much ways to kill your opponents WITHOUT thinking , like spamming frags or tomahawk in the beginning of each round. (on most of the maps like 95% of them). 3. the game feels like unbalanced most of the time. and there are alot more things that make me feel bad about this game but i cant find the words for it. on the other hand it allways make me feel good killing some veterans in this game after lon time i didnt tuch it. and this is My Opinion for you :).

sabas10
sabas10

An online service for the 2 worst games of a series? No, thank you.

mkdoomfan2
mkdoomfan2

@pycho22solid nice, its always good to hear feedback from someone's own opinion :D sometimes i think that people are just saying cod sucks just to do it, kind of like a fad, i wish they would give some more explanation and give their own personal feedback instead of others. :)

pycho22solid
pycho22solid

I will never pay for the subscription but this is FREE and I'll give it a try before completely bashing it. Will it suck and probably be a waste of time? More than likely. But when I have an opportunity to see something for myself I'm going to do it. I would rather do that than just bash it without getting my own opinion.

Trinitarian
Trinitarian

I hope they put a lot of hope in thier paid service with vain promises of riches and glory to theier stock holders. Then, it fails so badly, that whose ever idea this was would become the anti-christ and hydrogen bombs go off everywhere trying to kill him. Then, if the world survies, no one would ever dare to think of something so evil, and if they did, they would be shot in the head with a silver bullet to stop this horrid infection.

mhaed
mhaed

There are many online shooter games good enough to justify not giving in to this money-leeching ploy.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@lithus Ahhh...buuuuuut....You forgot to mention all of the "DLC" so to speak WoW players get for free every time they do their patch updates. They get access to new dungeons, weapons, armors, mounts, ect, all for FREE when they do those patch updates, hence why MMOS charge, Sure, Most of the money is profit, but the other half is for constant server maintenance and being able to keep adding new things into the game for people to keep them playing.

lithus
lithus

@Blitzkrieg129 Three words: World....of...Warcraft. $12.95 a month for a year is over $150 for just ONE game. Oh so premium. :roll:

Blitzkrieg129
Blitzkrieg129

$8 a month = $96 per year...What could be so premium for ONE game that it's worth paying more for this one game than your entire Xbox Live service? Keep in mind the game is already initially $60... I don't care what you think, Activision is greedy.

Naicco
Naicco

My guess is that they'll eventually start charging for MP :(

lithus
lithus

This just seems like over kill for a simple matchmaking process. Facebook and Twitter is to blame for the direction of this mess.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Sorry what? I'm too busy playing Team Fortress 2 to care!

ponorac92
ponorac92

I would try this only because its free (for now). I know many of you guys dont like the game but can someone tell me when is the beta coming to PC?

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

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Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@berzerk0912 I feel bad for them. Blindly following a Corporation that never changes the games engine, they never add new weapons or perks, They usually release around 3 map backs with a few new maps, but mianly old revised maps that they charge 15 dollars for. If you were to buy all those Black Ops Map Packs right now at 15 dollars a piece, you would literally be buying Black Ops twice. Wake up people.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@education You could not be any more wrong. Yeah, CoD sets sales records when they release a new game, which is respectful. Greatest selling game and best franchise of all time? No. Both Black Ops and MW2 have sold over 13 Million copies each respectfully , But that is no where near Pokemon Red and Blues 31.38 Million or Wii Sports 41.6 Million copies sold.

mkdoomfan2
mkdoomfan2

@education hey man its your money you buy what you want :D I kind of just wish people would get over this whole mw3/bf3 stuff though its getting a little annoying, both will end up selling millions anyway :)

nickery123
nickery123

*insert scathing comment about COD*

Adam_Jensen
Adam_Jensen

@education i forgot to add; for prizes, you got a thing called Powerball and Vegas to bet your chances. better luck there probably, tbh

Adam_Jensen
Adam_Jensen

@education MW3 doesnt need elite to kill it. its quite dead already. Activision's just milking it to the last drop. If you want free Elite service, its called Battlefield 3. and Halo years before. If you want to watch a CoD hollywood presentation, we've got that too. its called the movie Green Zone.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@education I guess those people who changed from CoD to BF LOVE MW3 too, do they? I know I don't.

education
education

I absolutely love call of duty games. Everyone else does! Admit it! Activision has a winning franchise here that sets sales records each year. Now we are all set for modern warfare 3 to come out... but wait! Elite? So we dont have to pay to play mw3? So wtf is Elite? I'm sure ppl r gonna pay 8 bucks a month to track stats lol But its got holly wood content... I have no idea what activision is up to here. And for future reference,2 dlc map packs is quite enuf. If you want us to enjoy more maps, then actually bundle more in with the game at launch. Rumors of a 4th map pack for black ops... Bring it on so i can say i bought the game twice. I think the wheels are about to fall off the call of duty machine. I sincerely hope this elite BS doesnt kill mw3. We already pay for our internet, pay for xbox live, and pay for the games and pay for the monthly offering of maps. We are done paying! Elite should be a free service as a thank you! Elite will be the end of call of duty and the birth of battle field. I hope battle field is ready for the influx

got_ice_tea
got_ice_tea

TBH didn't Bungie do this for no charge also it says real life prizes but i'm not one to pay for another ones prize. Its like paying for forza then the top guy/girl on it getting to test drive a pagani at my expence.

got_ice_tea
got_ice_tea

what is it a MMO lol alot find it hard to pay for an MMO or farmville credits so why the hell will this be payed.

mkdoomfan2
mkdoomfan2

damn you Kotick! DAMN YOU!!!!!!!

m4a5
m4a5

For all that think that you NEED to pay to access this, you don't. Only the premium content you need to pay for. That being said, I would still not bother playing this anyways...

ThatManTrama
ThatManTrama

would there be a PS3 Call of Duty : Elite subscription? :/

berzerk0912
berzerk0912

@Philly1UPer-----------------2,000,000 suckers already signed up for the beta.

garcia_jx
garcia_jx

Still not convinced to pay for this.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I don't need a beta. I will not play an subsrciption fee to play a FPS. I kinda works for a MMO RPG but not a FPS. 8 dollars is not worth it for this Genre.

jscapo
jscapo

@Philly1UPer They lay the BS on pretty thick these days.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@skylife81 You forgot the keyword here though...BETA. MEaning they are testing the waters out before they actually start charging people. They need to see how many people are stupid enough to buy this so they don't end up shooting themselves in the foot if people actually see through this BS.

Frosty192
Frosty192

it is funny because EA is offering the same thing for BF3 but here is the kicker, IT IS FREE. Activision, youre dumb.

jscapo
jscapo

Half of you that commented so far will prolly end up paying for Elite. It $ucks and it's true. I won't be one of them. Stuff like this will end up making kids more sheltered. Don't argue. Yes it will.

NegativeAWESOME
NegativeAWESOME

Remember when Battlelog did the same thing for free? Oh wait.

skylife81
skylife81

What is wrong with all you people?! Everything so far released in the Elite walkthroughs (not the promo ones) and currently in the Beta is free, FREE!! All this whinging and whining and threats about not buying COD is completely ridiculous because all the stat tracking in the various videos out now is all free. Who gives a flying duck if BF3 will have it and that Bungie already does it for free when you are looking at free content on Elite?! I seriously doubt if 1 person in 20 who has moaned about paying for Elite has actually read the articles trolololol

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

Seriously, if I still played this games and if I still owned a 360, i would be MAD. Paying a monthly subscription to have access to LIVE, then another monthly access for CoD Elite service for map packs and extras? I know this makes me sound like im trolling, but I'm just pointing out the obvious. YOu already pay for LIVE services, why should you have to give Activision 8$ a month for another service, thats otherwise been free and used on Consoles since HAlo 3 came out and thats been used on Steam for free as well. People need to step up for once and not buy into this hot garbage.

BigRigs93
BigRigs93

@cornbeef5 Well the same could be said for a lot of games, for instant Fifa or Madden. The same game released ever year with a few upgrades, yet people still buy it in the masses. COD is a good franchise and if some can honestly say that there have never enjoyed a COD game then they are either very boring or lying. @SilverSignal I'm 18 and am studding at college and also have a job. I buy these games because i enjoy it and COD doesn't release the same game each year, its ever 2 years because in essence MW3 and Black Ops are different games based on different periods in time. If you cant realize that MW3 and Black ops are different games then your an idiot. The last Modern Warfare game would have been released 2 years ago once its release in November.

cyclonebw
cyclonebw

Everything so far shown is free. They have not talked about the premium content. They already have twice as much content free as what battlefield will offer with battlelog.

Outer_Raven
Outer_Raven

What's next Activision? MW4, subscribed players get to use all weapons, unsubscribed users are restricted to the Uzi? I'm not gonna pay for something that used to be free, I rather spend the money on a sandwich.