MW3 Hardened Edition given to COD: XP attendees

Activision giving away voucher for premium bundle at next month's event; attendees to get first look at Elite original programming with Will Arnett and Jason Bateman's production studio.

When Activision announced Call of Duty: XP--the first annual convention celebrating the first-person shooter franchise--in June, the publisher did so without letting loose all it had to say about the show. Now, Activision has offered new intelligence, saying all who attend the convention will walk away with a voucher to pick up the Hardened Edition of Modern Warfare 3 this November.

XP attendees will get the Hardened Edition of Modern Warfare 3.

According to Activision, all XP ticket-holders will score a redemption code that can be redeemed for a free copy of the teased Hardened Edition of Modern Warfare 3 when it launches on November 8. Activision did not note how the redemption program will work, and as of press time, the publisher had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

In addition to that, Activision offered new details on the mysterious Call of Duty: Elite live-action series, first teased when Elite was announced at the end of May. It is currently in development--in partnership with Ben Silverman's Electus Studio--at Will Arnett and Jason Bateman's production company Dumbdumb. Arnett will be on hand at the convention, where he will guide attendees through a preview of the series.

Gamers can also enjoy other attractions at the two-day Call of Duty convention. These include a $1 million Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 tournament, access to an "entertainment extravaganza," and the ability to take part in a paintball match set in a real-world re-creation of Modern Warfare 2's Scrapyard map.

Tickets for Call of Duty: XP are currently available for $150 each, which lets attendees in for both days of the show. One hundred percent of ticket proceeds will go to the Call of Duty Endowment, an initiative whose aim is to help veterans find paths to careers after the completion of their service in the military.

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Henninger
Henninger

A nice distraction from their inevitable downfall. & no im not hating cuz i play COD all the time & i dont play BF @ all. Im sorry but the COD franchise is getting boring. & BF3 looks like its gonna take COD out this year.

daabulls23
daabulls23

Well, that helps the price. And paintball? Sounds better than originally advertised.

Takeno456
Takeno456

I think its good that the money at this event is going to help the veterans.

GhostHero333
GhostHero333

Wish they had mentioned this convention in like may or something that way i can save money to go. Oh well, im getting the prestige edition anyways. P.S. to all the haters and battlefield fanboys there is a thumbs down button below. "Haters gonna Hate". lol

Joeshmo93
Joeshmo93

@ LeMeAtOm well America is the #1 gaming country in the world. Also it isn't like every American in the world is going to be going to this. 99.9% of all gamers will attend this event. Not that big of a deal...

LeMeAtOm
LeMeAtOm

Come on!! More global events like this rather than glitzy american only treats please, the whole world buys your games, why dont WE get any surprises like this???? im sick to death of big name publishers holding events like this and rubbing the worlds nose in it.... and no, the occasional games conference doesn't count! I'm looking at you Activision/Blizzard/EA/EPIC!!!!!

cjf187x
cjf187x

Not a huge fan of the COD but loved MW. A trip to Cali and a "free game" seems worth it.

gameking5000
gameking5000

If they told us earlier THEN I'd come but I think it's sold out. Is it? Although it does reward those bought their tickets earlier without this incentive.

benboz
benboz

I wish I could go to that event. Anyway, I can't wait for MW3.

Cam617
Cam617

Holy crap guys. I mean, some of you guys aren't, but those who are; STOP HATING ON CALL OF DUTY! I mean, Black Ops, you guys can hate on it as much as you can. I hate Black Ops. But Modern Warfare? You guys all have to admit it. Modern Warfare 1 and 2 were awesome before they got hacked. Both of the Modern Warfare games are still awesome; just not as awesome.

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

No wonder those tickets were so expensive! Giving attendees an $80 (I'm assuming) game certainly helps to soften the blow of the $150 ticket price.

strothers101
strothers101

This just in...L.A was rocked today as swarms of prepubescent fanboys converged on the city in the wake of what officials are calling the "biggest gathering of people with the smallest IQ since the bush administration took office". In other news game developer Treyarch was heard saying that it hopes to triple its DLC production rate over the next few months and that they are implementing a new scheme by which every in game bullet fired will cost the user 20 cents....Cash cow is made of cash.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

Any charity with COD in the name doesnt seem very trust worthy to me, they will probably charge the people they are supposedly going to help.

XanderZane
XanderZane

At least the money is going to a good cause, but $150 a ticket is ridiculous for this show. Anyway, it's for the hardcore fans, so I get it.

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

I guess COD now plays gamers more than gamers play it.

slonekb05
slonekb05

i want to go so i can punch who ever is making all the DLC for black ops in the face.

k2theswiss
k2theswiss

they must be doing this so they can promise a sale in first 24hrs... lol even though pretty much who goes to the event will buy the game day one anyways. but w/e Next time i buy new copy of a cod is when they remove noobtubes from the game... i picked up blk ips for $25 in jan and i feel that's kinda little to high for the price for a cod game...

Eoino
Eoino

Not worthy for an article

Spacerac
Spacerac

You gotta admit, that is a damn good deal.

Zephol
Zephol

Nose because they defend all Activision, all companies want to make money. But Activision and abused it. It almost did not take away money from the poor to earn more money. Launch a game every year without any innovation and brainwashing all the "GAMERS". Now this to come out the other DLC black ops. Just remove it to earn more money or to please the players?

Rocker6
Rocker6

Interesting strategy,they are really "creative" in their battle against BF3,they know how inferior their game will be,so they want to show how "good" and "generous" they are to make some sales.And unfortunately they will probably suceed.

dstv
dstv

....*grins at topic*.....*leaves page*

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

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jedifox
jedifox

Just for comparison, a 2 day ticket to Comic-Con is $80 and a 2 day ticket to Anime Expo is on average $60. So $150-$80(game)=$70. That $70 is about average for an entertainment convention. And the full $150 gets donated to charity, not Activision's bank account.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

I mean CoD is a fun game for a while but does it really need a convention? Halo I can understand because it has a huge backstory people care about along with books and music and comics. But CoD is pretty generic.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@WelBluVid it's confirmed for a Nov 8 release. They will probably mail you a copy. It's not getting released 2 months early. Unless they rush the game by cutting half of the multiplayer out of it and then charge you for it later via DLC. Wait. They already do that.....

varunvikram1
varunvikram1

I guess people nowadays want to be robbed of their money.

AdamWest78
AdamWest78

IMO its a pretty good deal. $150 for a ticket and you even get the Hardened edition, which costs $80. So in the end its like you only pay $70 a ticket and you get to know that the money actually gets used for something good; it gets donated to charity.

zay251
zay251

Hopefully mw3 will actually try to make improvements to the graphics in modern warfare 3 so it doesnt look like the original and so on .. Thats what I am hoping for !

StandnOGuitar8
StandnOGuitar8

So basically they figured out how to con people into going to their stupid convention. Normally the regular game is $60, Hardened is $80 and Prestige is $150, but now you pay $150 for a ticket and get a "free" copy of their Hardened Edition. SO technically speaking you're buying their Hardened Edition for the price of the Prestige... I hope you people aren't going to actually fall for this. Not to mention that this series has been dry since CoD 4,

WelBluVid
WelBluVid

While every1 is crying about this, this, & that! My only question is... I was looking for an updated drop date for MW3 & it's still saying Nov so does that mean that every1 attending the tournament event on Sept. 2&3 will be getting MW3 not 1 but 2mths before any1 else? Geez! I might need to buy a ticket!

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

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JuggernautKT
JuggernautKT

I'm not into it enough for $150, but good on ya.

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@drummerdickens I can think of many companies that offer way more"bang for your buck". Activision charge £10-£12 for each DLC containing 5 multiplayer maps and 1 Co op map. EA charged the same £10 for 5 BC2 maps, an array of new guns (twenty perhaps?), new vehicles (four or five) in an entirely different setting. Sony charged £7 for 8 Killzone 3 maps. Bad Company 2 and Killzone 3 released a good 2 years after their prequels but Call Of Duty releases every year; as soon as the next game comes out the servers begin to die down making your DLC purchase near worthless a few months later. On top of this they expect us to pay for their pathetic Elite service which EA will be offering (in a similar format) for free with Battlefield 3. Guitar Hero is another good example, DLC after DLC and then one year later out comes a new title and a few spin-offs. Activision are easily the worst culprits to milk every last pound out of the consumer. They'd do well to look at Valve.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

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PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Between the EA "online pass" and MW3's frat boys, I think I am just going to boycott both games this year. YES, I know the "online pass" only costs a person if buying used, but I do not want to support EA anymore. Mark my words, at some point soon EA are going to start charging extra for "online pass" for all TITLES, new or used.

drummerdickens
drummerdickens

@Zephol You know, it's getting really boring with people complaining about Activision trying to make more money. Do you know of any successful companies that DON'T try to make money or something?

silentsniper321
silentsniper321

MW3 will be more fun than BF3. Private Matches are just priceless lol

MEDzZ3RO
MEDzZ3RO

@jedifox They're trying to salvage their image. There's little chance of that when the series is being so heavily milked yet little in the way of improvements is being made. Modern Warfare 2 was arguably worse then CoD 4, Modern Warfare 3 could pass off as being MW2 DLC. It's pathetic.

jasonzilla11
jasonzilla11

It's funny 'cause it's still not worth it.

Rhino53
Rhino53

For some reason I think a lot of annoying tweens will be there. It'll be like a Twilight convention for males.

jedifox
jedifox

@Zephol How are they making money when 100% of the money is going to charity to help military veterans?

Zephol
Zephol

All to make more money.

Ghosthunter54
Ghosthunter54

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