Acitivision Blizzarc Inc. is out to charge a monthly subscription fee for the upcoming online service called Call of Duty: Elite. This service will work with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and future installments of the franchise. CoD:E will provide extra content that isn’t available for regular customers and it will be available for paying and non-paying multiplayer fans.
Players will primarily access CoD:E through web browsers though Activision is planning to offer apps for Android and iOS devices. Elite will let players track their stats, participate in competitions for real and virtual prizes, and provide a lot of social-networking options reminiscent of e-sports. Apparently, stats-tracking and social grouping features will be free for everyone.
Premium Elite subscribers will receive a constant flow of Call of Duty content, like map packs. Campaign, co-op and multiplayer modes can still be had for no charge, so going for the premium membership isn’t strictly necessary. Unfortunately, details regarding the service are still very scarce. The guys over at Kotaku at least scored some information on how the service looks like.
In short, Call of Duty:Elite is divided into four sections: Career, Connect, Theater, and Compete. The first section is loaded with stats, the second one offers social-networking options. Theater allows users to host their favorite Call of Duty videos and Compete will allow players to win lots of prizes by letting players engage in short-term challenges and long-term tournaments.
No word on pricing yet but according to the Wall Street Journal Activision executives expect the cost to be less than Netflix monthly movie subscription. That could mean something in the range of $5-7 a month. Not quite pricey, right? Well, as long as we don’t know what to expect from becoming a premium subscriber that sounds like buying a pig in a poke.
Call of Duty: Elite will launch on the same day as the Modern Warfare 3 – November 8, 2011. If you’d like to test it before then, try to get an invite to the closed beta which will start later this summer.