Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Call of Duty Elite

The Wall Street Journal reports that Activision plans to release a new service along with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It seems that Call of Duty Elite will work with all Call of Duty games after, and including, Modern Warfare 3. The service provides access to new downloadable content and integrates Call of Duty fans in all new ways. Call of Duty Elite will be an amalgomation of different concepts like social networking (allowing CoD players to track their friends and performance), DLC (having a central repository for new content), and statistics on gameplay (providing information like gamers' performance on certain maps or with certain weapons).

The idea certainly is a bold one, and I can see the appeal that they are going for, however it seems too much to me. Adding a subscription on top of the monthly Xbox Live fee seems a little outrageous. The only added value of this system that I would not be able to get anywhere else are the gameplay statistics. Playstation Network and Xbox Live both let you keep tabs on your friends and have stores for downloadable content. I'll give them that I must pay for each DLC and the service, presumably, would keep me completely up to date for a recurring charge, but I still don't see enough value here to justify a monthly fee.

 I'll have to see what specific services Call of Duty Elite offers in more detail before I cast judgement, but at first glance, this seems like a ploy to squeeze more money out of the already wildly successful series. There's no word on how much the service will cost a month, but I'd bet a wooden nickel on details coming next week at E3.
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