There have been rumors, there has been speculation but now we can put it to an end. Project Beachhead has an official name. Call of Duty Elite… Before everyone freaks out though and goes into a hysteria that COD is now Pay to Play lets clear up some things. Keep in mind you can do it the entertaining way with this Activision / Call of Duty breakdown or you can get to the nitty gritty in the wall of text that follows the video. Actually I suggest watching it anyway for comedy factor and the teaser at the end.
Activision is bringing this in to step up their game in the COD world, often players follow the game for years and never have a way to stay in touch with other players across the 360/PS3 or PC, today that changes as it offers players the ability to track friends and their performance online through Black Ops, MW3 and future COD titles in the series. The focal point is trying to make a community out of an existing huge user base that rarely interacts outside of matchmaking.
Accessing Elite comes down to what platform you have available, the plan is to launch it via web, mobile and of course the game consoles themselves. You can track your friends while you’re on vacation or on a break from work. The idea is the COD world gets much deeper as a community and allows users to learn from the vast amount of stats floating around about each map. Elite plans to bring detailed stats abotu players, recent performance, gameplay and more across all the maps online.
For those on the fence about it and worried about the implementation, Elite plans to launch as a public beta this summer as an expansion to Black Ops, keep in mind that Elite was in early stages as Black Ops launched so the full feature set will not be available. You can check in for more info on the Elite website though to keep tabs on when the beta goes live so you can get a better feel for yourself and buddies that might not make it in.
In the end they want to bring 3 key features to the game, connecting with other players over groups, clans and tournaments. They want players to connect in a new way by having a community that never sleeps, for gamers in late night sessions they can find like minded people. For those who have certain social interests they can find those as well. Nothing is really off the table at this point. Competition is their next goal by bringing challenges that cater to hardcore gamers and casual ones that take a more relaxed approach. Finally they want Elite to train players to improve their game and bring competition in new ways with heat maps and play by play information for their last game.
What does all of this cost? For many, nothing. For those who want additional services and hassle-free game content additions they’ll be setting a price point on a Premium level offering as we close in on MW3 in November.