Activision’s Call of Duty: Elite FAQ – Some Questions Answered

After the announcement of Call of Duty: Elite last week, a number of questions about the service went unanswered. In fact, we still don’t have many of the answers — and we’ve actually seen the thing in action.

But to help, Activision has just released a list of Frequently Asked Questions and a bunch of answers about the service. As one might expect, it leaves a few things up in the air and it spends a lot of words talking about just how great Elite will be and why you should pay for it, but there is some useful information in there. So we’ve scoured the FAQ for the answers while leaving out the hype. Scroll on down to read our slightly edited Call of Duty: Elite FAQ from Activsion.

You can read our hands-on preview here and our opinions on Elite here for some background. You can also read this to learn how to sign up for the Elite beta this summer.

Elite’s Free Features

  • 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 – TDM, Lakers’ fans, Weekend Warriors?
  • 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 (sic) who share your affinities and interests based on your Facebook profile to elevate your in-game experience
  • Career? Start tracking your Call of Duty career – everything you wanted to know about your performance across the franchise starting with Black Ops

Basically: Stats are free.

Elite’s Premium Features

Why are we not revealing all of the features that are part of the (completely optional) premium service today? Simple. Because the service was designed to be deeply integrated with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and will not be demonstrable until we are closer to the launch of the game.

What Does Connect, Compete, Improve Mean?

Connect: Elite will give our players unprecedented control over their Call of Duty multiplayer experience, transforming it into a true social experience. Players can compete against friends, players of similar skill levels, players with similar interests. Connect will include:

  • Find and join Groups of people with similar interests
  • Create Clans, which are private player groups that can compete with other Clans in organized competition
  • Track your performance, progress and activity within your Groups and Clans through mobile and web interfaces
  • Upload and share your videos with your Groups and Clans
  • Access high-quality original video programming, tailored to people who love Call of Duty

  • Elite will help players to connect with the Call of Duty community 24/7

Compete: Call of Duty players want to compete, but are looking for a way to do it that fits their skill and style.

  • The Program Guide, gives players a choice of dozens of daily and weekly competitive Events, individual and clan Operations, official Leagues, and Tournaments all tailored to different skill levels
  • These competitions will offer both digital and real prizes – everything from digital trophies and badges to a new Jeep

Improve: Everyone wants to improve their game, and Elite will be like having a personal online coach.

  • It provides players with a dynamic strategy guide that tracks their statistics and performances — down to minute details — showing gamers how they stack up against their friends or others in the community
  • Improve will offer continually evolving professional tips and advice. Tools and information are provided so players can learn and up their game, regardless if you’re a newer player or level 15 Prestige

How does the Program Guide work?

Just like a sport, we believe competing in Call of Duty should be fun and accessible regardless of skill. Highly skilled players may want to join the most competitive Leagues and Tournaments, while a more moderate player can find Operations, Events and Clan competitions that are tailored based on their skill level or particular play style. We want all Elite players to find a range of competition that fits them, and gives them a chance to succeed.

Can you buy weapons or maps through Elite?

No, players are not able to buy prestige weapons or levels through Elite. While Call of Duty Elite wants to help people become better players, there’s still only one way to level up to new weapons, XP and prestige, and that’s to earn it in game.

Elite with Black Ops and Modern Warfare 3

Because Elite was designed to be deeply integrated into Modern Warfare 3, not all of the features will be able to be part of the beta with Black Ops this summer (but Elite will work with both games). When Modern Warfare 3 launches this fall, players will be able to have a unified relationship through Elite – they can create a single profile in Elite and build their career in Call of Duty that will carry forward as they play every supported Call of Duty game.

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