Call of Duty Elite Shutting Down Feb. 28
Activision’s premium Call of Duty companion service, Call of Duty Elite, which launched with much fanfare in 2011, is closing down for good at 10 AM PST this Friday.
This isn’t exactly a surprise, as Activision rolled out a brand new clan system with Call of Duty: Ghosts, and allowed Elite members to move their clans over early. Now that support for the older Call of Duty games is winding down, Activision is closing down the Elite service as well, and it looks like it’ll be permanent.
According to the Call of Duty Elite shutdown FAQ, “There are no plans to bring Call of Duty Elite back.” However, much of the functionality of Elite, including managing loadouts, customizing characters, and tracking stats can be found in the Call of Duty app for Ghosts.
This is just another sign of the specialized world of downloadable content. Despite garnering over a million premium signups in the first six days after launch, and signing up over 12 million users in the first year, Activision decided to dump Elite and move to a mobile app platform. We probably should have seen it coming when they made Elite’s features free to everyone in Black Ops 2.
If you’re an Elite user, you should definitely check out the Shutdown FAQ, as it details what will happen to things like clan stats, uploaded videos, and other content you may have created. I guess the last question is simple – Will anyone miss it when it’s gone?