Call of Duty XP: Activision Reveals Call of Duty: Elite’s Premium Tier Price
Are you ready? The price for an annual membership to Call of Duty: Elite’s premium tier of service will be…
Yup, a cool $50 per year — as Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg put it during the press preview of Call of Duty XP on Thursday, “less than what most of you paid for a cup of coffee at Starbucks this morning” per month.
Here’s where it gets interesting, though: Activision is throwing in all the future DLC for the year for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for Elite subscribers. Activision’s DLC plan for MW3, just like Call of Duty: Black Ops, is four DLC drops during the course of the year at $15 a pop, for $60 if bought a la carte.
And finally, Activision has come clean as to exactly what those features will be, although details remain a little scarce. We do know that everything is closely tied into Modern Warfare 3 — the unrevealed portions of the game being the reason behind some of the secrecy about Elite.
Here are all the things you’ll get as a premium tier subscriber to CoD: Elite, according to Hershberg’s presentation:
- All the MW3 DLC — 20 pieces in all, which will include more than just maps. Hirshberg said players can expect more game modes and Spec Ops missions in future DLC packs, and I’d speculate that you might see other exclusives, like weapons.
- DLC more often — Rather than receiving DLC in map packs four times a year, as you would if you bought them all individually, Elite subscribers get their DLC in smaller pieces more often. Hirshberg says subscribers can expect monthly DLC drops all through the year, and all of the DLC that non-subscribers can purchase will be available to subscribers first.
- Competing for prizes — We’ve known about the “Compete” programming in Elite for a while now, which will allow gamers to sign up for competitions that could result in real-world prizes (Hirshberg mentioned iPads and a Jeep). These competitions will be available to premium tier subscribers, meaning you’ll need to pay in order to get a crack at them. They’ll also be tailored to and available for players of all skill levels.
- The ability to level up your clans — Yup, Elite supports clans for everybody, but premium subscribers get additional features. In addition to leveling up yourself, Prestiging and earning new perks and so on, you can level up your clan in the same way. You can also send clan messages and schedule clan matches from any of Elite’s various apps (on consoles, the web or mobile apps on the iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices).
- Eight times the video capacity — So you can upload more stuff to YouTube from MW3′s theater mode.
- Additional expert strategy and analysis — All Elite users get access to information about weapons, tactics, equipment, perks and everything else the game has to offer, and that information will tell you some pretty interesting things: like why the SCAR-L might be more effective at mid- than long-range or why you should slap a red dot sight on your M4 (because the iron sights suck). Premium subscribers apparently get “expert strategy and analysis,” which is supposedly more in-depth and useful than the standard tips. It’s also constantly updated over time.
- Elite TV — We reported that Ridley and Tony Scott and actors Jason Bateman and Will Arnett were involved with something Call of Duty-related last week. This is it: original, premium CoD-related shows, available only to premium subscribers and only through Elite.