Jun 13, 2011

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Call of Duty Elite Hits 2 Million Beta Signups

Call of Duty Elite Hits 2 Million Beta Signups

Wow. Not that it’s too surprising and not like it’s that difficult to sign up for the beta but 2 million people in less than two weeks, that’s just insane. Since the announcement of Call of Duty Elite which features a paid premium service, gamers have had less than positive reactions to this new feature however 2 million people want to see what it’s all about when the beta launches this summer.

The Elite service has gotten off to a rocky start with people thinking it was going to be a mandatory subscription fee to play MW3’s multiplayer mode but this isn’t the case at all. Elite will feature a lot of free content with an option to pay a monthly fee for premium content. Some of the premium content has been announced like getting the DLC maps for free along with some sort of a online show, but most of it is being kept behind closed doors because it relates too much to MW3.

If you are wondering what is being offered with Elite for free here is a list:

• Access Elite through the web as well as Elite’s free custom iOS and Android applications for smartphones and tablets
• Communicate any way you want across mobile, console and the web with your friends
• Track and share thousands of stats with friends – k/d ratios, score-per-minute, win % and loads more, all represented in easy to understand charts and infographics
• Create your own custom leaderboards to track friendly rivalries – who is moving up and down in your group of friends?
• Analyze advanced heat maps detailing your match-by-match performance – where you killed or got killed, when it happened, and more
• Analyze your weapons performance – which weapons you are best with in which situations
• Upload and share videos of your greatest moments through our exclusive theater mode with the touch of a button
• After you analyze your performance to your heart’s content – Customize your loadout, search through all the weapons, attachments and perks, and push them directly into the game menu from the web or your mobile device with the touch of a button
• Join dozens of groups and find other players with common interests to play with and compete against – find people who make the game the most fun for you
• Create a private Clan with players who share your interests and skill level
• Bring your Facebook friends right into the game, easily taking your existing network into the Call of Duty experience.
• Seamlessly be placed into matches into Groups who share your affinities and interests based on your Facebook profile to elevate your in-game experience.
• Start tracking your Call of Duty career – everything you wanted to know about your performance across the franchise starting with Black Ops

All of this seems cool but incredibly unnecessary or includes things that should be in your multiplaer game by default, “Join dozens of groups and find other players with common interests to play with and compete against” for example. As long as I can play an hour without getting disconnected from my party or kicked out of a game I’m all for it.

To be honest I can’t see how a game other than an MMORPG can make money off a subscription service but I guess we’ll find out in the fall with the release of MW3. You still have time to sign-up for the beta, just head to this site and enter your information. The Elite beta starts July 14, get ready for some intense stat tracking.

[Source: oneofswords.com]