Yesterday we brought word of Activision’s service Call of Duty: Elite when it was leaked temporarily via a video on youtube. Today Activision has come out with an official press release and a video to accompany the announcement.
Developed from the ground up by Activision’s new Beachhead studio, Call of Duty Elite offers cutting-edge features that significantly enhance the franchises’ multiplayer experience and deliver a new level of social engagement that will unite more than 30 million players worldwide. Additionally, the service will offer exclusive, high-production value, original entertainment programming designed exclusively for the Call of Duty community.
Call of Duty Elite will include several industry-first innovations, and is a key differentiator for this year’s most anticipated game, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Elite will offer two-way communication between the service and the game, so that the choices and decisions that players make in Elite through the mobile and web interfaces will affect their in-game experience. The service will be fully integrated into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and will launch alongside the game on 8th November, 2011 .
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As expected, this announcement has caused quite a furor throughout the community as it won't be completely free. While that does suck on Activision's part, people have to understand that paid membership is an option so they will be able to play all future Call of Duty games without spending a single rupee on this service.
If for some reason, CoD: Elite has caught your fancy, head on over to the official site to enroll in the beta that kicks off real soon. Expect a live demo at E3 2011.