Call of Duty Elite for PC Won’t Be Ready for Modern Warfare 3 on Day 1, Will Have “Reduced Functionality”

Modern Warfare 3 is like four days away now, and yet we haven’t heard much about Call of Duty Elite for the PC yet. Why is that? Oh, because Elite won’t be ready for that platform when MW3 launches. Says Beachhead’s Chacko Sonny to One of Swords:

We’re as committed as ever to the PC, but the need to ensure a safe PC environment is greater than ever. It’s really extensive. We need more time to get there, so Elite on PC will not launch on Day 1.

The issue here is that the PC is an insecure platform. Without a central, trusted resource for stats, a lot of our competition features become unfair. We can’t give away prizes when people can easily cheat their stats. Leaderboards are less fun when a lot of the users are there unfairly.

Project director Noah Heller also said that Elite will be entirely free on PC, but there’s a sad trombone reason for that.

Not being able to trust stats is a big problem for our design. Because of this, we had to re-imagine Elite for PC. Elite for PC will be about access to your own stats, or those of your friends. Basically establishing a circle of trust. And because it will have some reduced functionality, it will be free for everyone.

Sounds like a bad deal all around, if you care about Elite, anyway. It’s certainly not a good deal, at least.

Man, they really don’t like the PC.

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3 Comments on Call of Duty Elite for PC Won’t Be Ready for Modern Warfare 3 on Day 1, Will Have “Reduced Functionality”


On November 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

Well they officially lost their PC fanbase to Battlefield now.


On November 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

no biggy. I’m good with consoles getting perks as they usually do not get the patches and add-ons that pc gets. And free is better than nothing at all. As long as we get MOD tools, true dedicated server, RCON tools, and a great game then this news is no big deal.

Dave T

On November 5, 2011 at 7:47 am


Ha so you are saying the pc version won’t have leaderboards Phil?, jeez that’s a way to kill a competitive game. I know BF3 has a few problems with ppl hacking accounts for better scores at the moment but it will get sorted out eventually. It’s really starting to sound like a throwaway version unfortunately. Shame I was looking forward to it as well!