Call of Duty XP: How Clan Leveling Works for Call of Duty: Elite

One of the new services announced for the premium tier of service in Call of Duty: Elite this week at Call of Duty XP is a new brand of clan support called Clan Leveling.

We already knew that Beachhead Studios planned to support clans in CoD: Elite, but that functionality is included with what it has planned for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and isn’t supported by the beta currently available to Call of Duty: Black Ops players. But “clan leveling” is a term that’s only recently come up, and it’s a function that’s native to Elite, but supported through Black Ops.

Clans on Elite work pretty much the way you’d expect. Through Elite, CoD players already have the ability to create loose “groups” that are formed around a common interest and can include thousands of people. You can come and go in groups as you please — if you think of the same feature on Facebook, you have the right idea. Groups allow players to connect with one another in MW3 over a common interest and you’ll be able to find people who are in the same group or groups as you, but clans are much more exclusive.

Each clan has a single leader (right now — more officer positions will be available as Beachhead expands Elite) and can have up to 100 members. During a panel on Elite’s clan leveling system, Clans can compete against one another through clan matches that can be scheduled through Elite, and they can also participate in two different, more open competitions: Clan Operations and Clan Challenges.

Clan Operations are much like the “Operations” available to single players on Elite. They’re network-spanning competitions that require a clan to work together to post, say, the highest kill count in a given span of time, or the best kill-to-death ratio. The competitions are short — only a few hours — and they’re tracked over Elite’s leaderboards.

During a panel discussing the clan features, Elite User Experience Director Jennifer Puno and User Experience Designer Chris Chernoff explained that when it comes to Clan Operations, emphasis was put on keeping the playing field level between clans. Just because you build a clan with your maybe-not-so-good friends doesn’t mean you’ll be robbed of the ability to compete, since only the top six clan members’ scores and statistics count toward Operations competitions.

“We don’t want anyone kicking people off their clans because they suck,” said Project Director Noah Heller.

Clans that successfully complete Operations and win prizes also get those prizes trickled down to all members of the clan — even those who weren’t playing, didn’t make the top six or didn’t participate. Prizes can include things like double experience points in Modern Warfare 3, as well as other potential in-game and out-of-game goodies. All those victories are marked off with badges that appear on the clan’s page on Elite.

Clan Challenges are a little less hardcore than Clan Operations. Anyone can participate in challenges — they’re all about racking up lots of kills, for example, or maxing out other stats. Challenges take place over a longer period and are cumulative for everyone in the clan. They’re less skill-based and more about everyone in the clan somewhat passively contributing to the clan’s success: even if you aren’t playing with clan members, your kills, for example, are counting toward the clan’s current challenge. Those challenges earn experience for your clan (as do Operations), which can level it up.

Leveling a clan is mostly for the coolness of it. In the beginning, you’ll set a clan name and a four-character clan tag that will appear in white beside the player names of clan members. These clan names aren’t locked at first, and anyone can use the same clan tags, if they wanted; but once a clan levels up sufficiently, their clan tag is locked and becomes unique. It also changes color to gold. Once that happens, no one else can use the clan’s tag if they’re not a member, which does make it pretty prestigious.

Puno and Chernoff also said Elite would later be adding intra-clan competition features as well, but as Heller put it, Beachhead Studios needs to “walk before we run.” The service is starting with core features to be released with Modern Warfare 3 in November, with more to be rolled out as the kinks get worked out over time.

Fan feedback will be a big part of what features get added, Heller said.

“We’ve got some ideas, but we need to now what you guys think,” Heller said to the audience during the panel.

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25 Comments on Call of Duty XP: How Clan Leveling Works for Call of Duty: Elite

cj

On November 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm

How do i make a clan in elite? google search came up with nothing.

ajg596

On November 9, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Me and a couple buddies are big cod fans, and this elite thing is awesome, i cant wait til its up and running, itd be cool to earm dbl xp and different prizes. keep up the good ideas

jdbnugs

On November 10, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I have the same question as cj…. How do I form a clan?

loic9971

On November 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I made a clan called: Leopards
Message me on XBL if interested to join
Gamertag:loic9971

aron

On November 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I made a clan on ps3 message me on psn: azza9508 if intrested
I am looking for people with founder status but doesnt matter too much

killerbee

On December 21, 2011 at 6:16 am

i’m in a clan on ps3 hit me up on psn: killerbeebob or MrBigshot686 looking for founder status if possible

cloud6315

On December 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Yo i made a clan on psn hmu if intrested its called YoungMoney!! and my gamertag is cloud6315

XxiM iuMxX

On December 30, 2011 at 1:13 pm

how do you level up your clan? like what do you have to do to gain XP?

FragOut

On December 31, 2011 at 1:05 am

this information is great, but now that elte is running how do I actually get clan exp. currently I am the only person in my clan and the “Operations” is locked, and i dont see clan challenges anywhere… so how exactly am I supposed to get clan xp?

wreknkrue

On January 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

on xbox360 is why u hatin

wreknkrue

On January 1, 2012 at 1:33 am

clan is

I RaNdYC I

On January 12, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Just made a clan.
SmAcKiN DoMeS.
message 4 invite or add me on xbl.
I RaNdYC I

L8 4 HEAVEN

On January 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

Listen I’m in a gaming community called KIG. We have well over 2500 members and still growing! I’m a branch leader of a group call KIG BLOOD! We r a respectful gaming community and if anyone is interested please leave a message on Xbox Live and I will respond as soon as possible! Please check out our website if interested and read about us and see if we are a group u might be interested in! Gamertag is the same as user name:
L8 4 HEAVEN

Nobbiiee

On January 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hi Guys, you’re playing constantly good, & searching for friendly mates to play with? Add me, my PSN ID is ‘Nobbiiee’, & our clan is named Bangerstyle. Join & help us to grow up!
Our (maybe) new mate, Nobbiiee :)

THE PUN1SHER XX

On January 27, 2012 at 7:02 am

HELLO, WE ARE TEAM -MC-. WE ARE A HARDCORE TDM TEAM. WE HAVE OVER 20 FOUNDERS OF OUR 44 MEMBER CLAN. WE ARE LEVEL 17 CLAN. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE ELITE PLAYLIST CONTAIN HARDCORE TDM( NOT IN THE MOSHPIT). WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE CLAN OFFICERS, AND CLAN OPERATIONS,. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A MENU OF CLAN OPERATIONS SO YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PICK YOUR GAME MODE OPERATION, BECAUSE CERTAIN CLANS SPECIFICALLY PLAY CERTAIN GAME MODE.I WOULD LIKE TO SEE CALL OF DUTY ELITE UPGRADE THE SOFTWARE SO IT LOOKS LIKE XBL DASHBOARD.CALL OF DUTY ELITE WEBSITE IS SLOW.WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A COLEADER SO 2 PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO MANAGE CLAN.WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE CLAN PRESTIGES. AND PRESTIGE 50 TIMES WITH PRIZES OTHER THEN DOUBLE XP OR TOKENS BECAUSE ALOT OF US ARE PRESTIGE 10 LEVEL 80. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE CAMO FOR PRIZES ,SPECIAL RETICLES, FACEPAINT PRIZES,BETTER LOOKING BADGES( THE BADGES LOOK DUMB)MORE DLC PRIZES INCLUDING AVITAR PRIZES, GAMER PICS,VIDEO FOOTAGE PRIZES RECORDINGS AND SO ON. THE MORE DIFFERENT PRIZES THE BETTER AND MORE FUN.USE THE MONEY WE INVESTED AND GET THIS STUFF RUNNING!!! THIS IS VERY FRUSTERATING ELITE IS CURRENTLY USELESS OTHER THEN SETTING UP A CLAN. THE GAME AND THE ELITE NEEDS TO BE MORE ACTIVE. IT IS NOT A VERY ACTIVE PROGRAM.THE PUN1SHER XX ON XBOX LIVE I AM THE CREATOR OF TEAM-MC-

MR_BANG_YO_BTCH

On February 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I just bought elite today and finally got the hang of it for the most part. Ive had every COD but have only been online since MW2. Currently I let friends play on my name as well but only FFA. My K/D is 1.40 but I normally put out around a 2.0, I am a FFA JUNKY but I can get down in other departments too. I really need some clan members man, Im level 80 prestige 10 and would like to further my gameplay. Lets go!!!

Clan:
WEweTOTit

Morgan freeman

On February 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Join my Clan MFFF ( Morgan Freeman Freedom Fighters )
GT: xMANPREESx

OpTiC_ErAzZeR

On March 7, 2012 at 2:07 am

help to hack me on mw2 i want as a clan tag as {<3} add me on ps3 as mohammed012 if u hack

GodlyxX

On March 17, 2012 at 8:51 am

How does it work, for the clan operations do the kills go for clan kills or individual kills

SharlCarl98

On April 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm

XBL SEND ME A FRIEND REQUEST IF YOUR INTERESTED IN JOINING MY CLAN NAME AS ABOVE.

james

On June 6, 2012 at 11:19 pm

i have a clan message on xbox live we are level 23 my gamertag is all caps I STOLE UR COD

TaRon

On June 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

How You Make Your Clan Level Up

TIMTEBOWch

On July 5, 2012 at 9:30 pm

just started a clan how do i level up with xp i still dont have any points ans still a clan 1 level???

iFiiRe_ScOpEz

On September 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Hit Me Up On PS3 If You Want To Join iFiiRe.We Are Looking For Active Players With MW2 And MW3.

rrrrrr

On July 19, 2013 at 8:56 am

all ur clans suk so bad