E3 2011: Call of Duty: Elite beta begins July 14

Activision opening invite-only testing window for military shooter's new online platform next month; GameStop's Modern Warfare 3 preorders tracking ahead of Black Ops.

LOS ANGELES--Activision plans to roll out Call of Duty's new online platform, Elite, alongside Modern Warfare 3 this November. But before Elite deploys, Activision has plans to put the service through boot camp.

Elite will be reporting to boot camp on July 14.

As part of the Electronic Entertainment Expo today, Activision said that it will hold an invitation-only beta test for Call of Duty: Elite. The beta period is expected to begin on July 14, and gamers will be able to access it through their copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops. Those interested in participating in the beta program can sign up through the service's website.

Activision also noted that in the five days since Call of Duty: Elite was announced, more than 1 million gamers have registered to participate in its beta. The service itself incorporates both free and premium features aimed at enhancing Call of Duty's online multiplayer experience. More details can be found in GameSpot's previous coverage.

Elite wasn't the only Call of Duty-related update issued today. According to GameStop senior VP Bob McKenzie, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 preorders are tracking ahead of those for Black Ops, which was itself the most preordered game in the specialty retailer's history.

"Last year, Call of Duty: Black Ops became the most preordered title in our history," McKenzie said. "Already, this year, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is significantly ahead of that pace."

Following the massive success that was Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, the Treyarch-developed Black Ops currently holds the title for biggest entertainment launch in history. Released in November, the game's sales topped $650 million in its first five days of availability.

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et89
et89

Too bad they don't have beta testing for the actual games...

smoke1125
smoke1125

ppl open your eyes every1 keeps talking about how there not paying for the cod elte...The service itself incorporates both ((FREE)) and premium. so stop complaining about paying for it you dont have to

chuckytiffany
chuckytiffany

But mw2 map packs cost 15 dollars and they sucked balls compared to black ops map packs. BTW how are those days over?

wars45
wars45

loved mw 2 getin mw 3 but wont pay for this and allso the days wher i pay 9.99 for a few maps are gone

darkgroudon
darkgroudon

I would like to retract my last statement... didnt get to see the whole thing.

xxxxTRISTAMxxxx
xxxxTRISTAMxxxx

After watching BF3 and Ghost Recon...MW3 looks like a joke. One tricky pony which some gamers will be pay monthly for...good luck with that!

taino1128
taino1128

@another_drew I wasn't defending Activision or CoD at all. I was laughing at the fact that everybody seems to be bashing MW3 and praisng BF3, yet MW3 is still managing to set pre-order records. And where are you getting this idea that CoD is the only online game I've played? I've played BFBC2, SOCOM, Killzone, Ghost Recon, and plenty of other online games. I'm the one acting like some kind of topdog? What do you think that you're doing leaving comments trying to diss me out?

another_drew
another_drew

@taino1128 No I don't everyone who plays that game in that category. Just fanboys like you who defend Acti. because they own CoD. Face it little man, CoD is crap, has been since MW2. You obviously have no idea how great the game once was, otherwise you would see this for what it is. CoD isn't even one of the best FPS' out there any more. It's just one that knows how to get more players (I.E. the ease of MW2 compared to CoD4 and WaW. It's not even an interesting game to play anymore. There's no thrill to simply running blindly into a gunfight spamming grenades and the melee button. It's so copy and pasted from one title to the next. Play something with a little more tact. You'll find that those players actually have some form of intellect. Go ahead give Socom or GRAW a try you'll never look back. As for you BC2 statement. Really jumping that bandwagon too eh? Trust me BC2 is nowhere near the quality of BF2 or BC1. Stop acting like you're some kind of topdog, honestly you have no idea. Oh, and I qualify big boys as those who won't buy into something simply because it has CoD or Acti. written on package. Here's to crossing your fingers, hoping, and praying that Respawn will give us players what expect out of them in terms of a quality FPS.

BARBECUEDBABIES
BARBECUEDBABIES

@another_drew agreed although the game is good at what it does the people playing are childish, takes away the whole tactical part of the game because of children shouting incoherently, bring on BF3 i say

taino1128
taino1128

@another_drew So what is your definition of a "big boy?" Somebody who plays BF? I actually used top play BFBC2 and there are plenty of those annoying little kids and teens on that game. And you said that most CoD fans are ignorant tweens. So, you just put everybody in a negative category because they play a game that's more popular. You're not being ignorant?

another_drew
another_drew

@taino1128 you forget most of the CoD freaks are a bunch of ignorant tweens. Sadly teenagers these days do no know what makes a game truly good. After all these newbs jumped the bandwagon and picked up MW2, Acti. had their cash for future titles pretty much in the bank. like Cowboy-Bebop said. Let the big boys play BF3. From the sound of things, you my friend are not one of those "big boys."

INewIRave
INewIRave

Elite as if there is anything elite about it.

taino1128
taino1128

LOL. MW3's preorders are ahead of Black Ops. So much for nobody getting MW3 and everyone buying BF3.

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

Only an idiot would order this crap. I guess it would be all those who loved the arcade no skill MW2. Oh well, let them play this so the big boys can play BF3.

Ein001
Ein001

Who is preordering MW3...I don't get it. Have you people not played the slop that is BO? I loved MW2, but IW is gone, wait for legit reviews (ie non-payed for gamespot reviews) before you even consider buying this...

jclark82
jclark82

1 millions registered for the elite package beta? The days of free Call of Duty are officially behind us.

LordXerud
LordXerud

@BARBECUEDBABIES thanks so much for pointing out its optional. i had no idea paying £8 a month was not compulsory. I guess I have egg on my face.

LordXerud
LordXerud

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lostclanz_30
lostclanz_30

I know and understand that Activision is itself a business and it needs to make money and grow and all.. but they should at least consider how much we, the buyers of their games, have helped them along the way to gaining so much money (including the 1 Billion+ revenue per CoD game they've managed to achieve). In my opinion, the LEAST they could do is make Call of Duty: Elite free... which we all know won't happen *sadface.

BARBECUEDBABIES
BARBECUEDBABIES

@LordXerud now now no need to be like that when its optional, it's not like you have to use that feature, just go "f@%# yourself" and play as normal

LordXerud
LordXerud

This would be cool.......if it was free! And I'm guessing that theatre will no longer be free. A lot of people use it on black ops so I guess that will be the carrot to dangle to make people pay. I've signed up for the beta but if they think I'll pay to take part in a beta or when the service is fully up and running, they can go f@%k themselves......

-Saigo-
-Saigo-

Knowing Activision they'll charge people to Beta test it for them.

Gezo24
Gezo24

Oh look a COD MMO. Pretty much what Modern warfare 2 was.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

Modern Warfare, the overrated half of the CoD franchise; they don't advance the series at all. Modern Warfare 2 was worse in almost every way to CoD 4, atleast Treyarch made an effort with Black Ops. That said though, Battlefield and Killzone are better.

jnw93
jnw93

like were gna pay for this cra'p Activision

winshot
winshot

This is some hardcore fun..... :D

dicegamer
dicegamer

i cant see why people dislike COD series and now i see why and its a shame people need to stop making a complete deal out of COD series just saying it like it is, i am on no game side i just a gamer i dont care that battlefield series is better and i dont care that call of duty is better there both are good game and this elite i dont see why people making this a complete deal at all

abbazaba35
abbazaba35

If they make it so the only way you can get on dedicated servers is to pay $8/mo. Activation can suck it and I'll switch to being a Battlefield fan instead. Too many hackers on PC.

flooivo
flooivo

is MW3 going to have demo

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

Of course it will sell more than black ops. This is how it works: MW2 sold the most. Then Black ops sold the most, and now MW3 will sell the most. And then the next CoD will sell more than that. And this CoD Elite is just another seamingly useless piece of trash so they can suck out money from all the fanboys. And they will probably add something like the Battle Code for homefront.

bobertobob
bobertobob

If I get MW3 its only going to be for the campaign. If we support their decision by buying this service, we will only be making the gaming industry more money oriented and soon us consumers will be forced to pay more for every game and then we might have another collapse of the gaming industry.... Lets not let this happen and not buy and more DLC or services from CoD and when MW3 comes out, I suggest if you want to play the game, buy it used so they don't get anymore money

fend_oblivion
fend_oblivion

So... what does Elite offer that one should pay for? If it's like specialized servers for MP, extra maps or something like it, then it's no different from daylight robbery if you ask me. These are things that should be in MP. Sadly, this won't stop fans from joining this rip-off. Anyways, I can't blame Activision. It's an excellent way to make money (which is the main goal of any business/corporation).

mhasouna
mhasouna

yeah nice stuff indeed... COD MW3 sounds great...

zaboon_
zaboon_

Why be so proud for being the most preordered game? That means it has got successful advertisement, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's a good game. I mean...just take Black Ops for example, lol.

100proofsoco
100proofsoco

I have been a major Halo fan since 2001. Until about 2 years ago when my friends kept hounding me to play CoD with them. Well I have to admit I am hooked on CoD. However Bungie.net is free. See where i'm going with this. How about a "Thank-You mister gamer for making CoD a billion dollar juggernaut" (see what i did there)