Call Of Duty: Elite Monthly Subscription Service On The Way, Subcribers To Get Additional Content Including Map Packs
There have been rumors of this for a few years now and it seems that with the release of Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Activision will finally implement it. According to a report by the WSJ, Activision Blizzard plans to launch the new service called Call Of Duty Elite this fall when Modern Warfare 3 comes out. Activision plans to charge a monthly subscription fee for the service, which will provide gamers with extra content that isn’t offered on game discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs. At this point it isn’t clear whether this will total eliminate them releasing the map packs separately or not though I doubt it as Activision won’t close any revenue streams. At this time a price point for the service isn’t known, but folks familiar with the plan say Activision is trying to make the service less than comparable services like Netflix which means we could potentially be in the $3.99-$5.99 range. There is no word on how this will affect the exclusivity deal for map packs that Activision has with Microsoft, technically I suppose this is separate and isn’t included since you couldn’t have people pay for a service and then tell them they have to wait for content because they are on a different platform. With this deal, Activision gets to have their cake and eat it too.
The report goes on to state that some parts of the service will be free including features inspired by Facebook that will let “Call of Duty” players meet for online gun battles with others who share various affiliations and interests. An additional feature of the service will apparently give players access to actual analytics about their gameplay performance, giving them insight into factors such as which weapons have been most successful for them in killing enemies.
The official announcement is speculated to be released later today and once we have it we will post it. As a company I can understand why Activision would want to try this but in this economy, in these times I don’t know. It’s one more thing to pay for, one more dollar they are trying to squeeze out of us and I am not sure I like it all.