Call of Duty Elite Beta Launches Today
The first wave of invites for the Call of Duty: Elite beta are heading out today, according to Activision’s Dan Amrich, and players who have signed up to receive them should expect invites…sometime. In the future.
Amrich said on his One of Swords blog that the invites would be going in waves, but the first wave, sent out today, was pretty small. So it might be a bit before more players get added into the service, but introducing users to Elite slowly is part of Project Beachhead and Activision’s plan. So try to be patient.
Everything in the beta will be free, but Amrich says in his FAQ that some of the features beta testers are messing around with may end up in the premium tiers of the service. At this point, though, don’t expect anything that greatly impacts the Call of Duty: Black Ops experience beyond things like contests, groups, video sharing and maybe some challenges to complete. The real deep integration of Elite will come with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Elite’s primary focus in Black Ops is stat-tracking and social integration.
Amrich writes that for the most part, Elite invitations are going out in the order players signed up for them, but it sounds like Activision is kind of handling this however they want to (it seems press guys like ourselves will be receiving invites for evaluation purposes probably ahead of most players). There’s also no rush once you receive your invite to get signed up, because players won’t be losing their places in line if they stall.
Eventually, Amrich says, everybody will get invited into the Elite beta — all 2 million active Black Ops users. But that’s not going to be happening anytime soon, from the sounds of things. On the other hand, the beta has no firm end date, so it doesn’t sound like Activision is in a rush, either. They want to make sure they can make the network work without breaking it, so they’re taking their time.
Did you get a beta invite? Let us know (and tell us what you think) in the comments.
Didn’t get an invite? Maybe our top 10 CoD multiplayer kills list will help ease the pain.