Call Of Duty XP: Is Call Of Duty Elite Worth It?
On the first night of the first Call of Duty XP, we got an in depth and early look at the final version of Activision’s hotly anticipated Call of Duty social network, Call of Duty Elite. We’ve discussed many of the free features of Call of Duty elite in our comprehensive hands-on, but the last time we had a look many of the details – for example, how much the non-free features might set you back – remained unrevealed. It was confirmed last night that the premium version of CoD Elite will cost you $49.99.
That’s not a particularly huge sum of money, unless you’re a victim of our sueprawesomeradical economy, and as we found out last night, even without knowing the full array of features, you get a lot for your 50 bucks. Like access to training videos by the top CoD players, or the ability to participate in some tantalizing-sounding contests. You also get monthly DLC drops – new maps and game modes – before everyone else.
Getting DLC early, and 10 bucks cheaper no less, sounds pretty great. As planned! Activision this to be a “no-brainer” decision for their players. But the question no doubt on the average Call of duty fan’s mind has got to be “is it worth it?” That depends.
First, let’s be honest about the non-DLC features. We all know those videos are going to have some free competition on Youtube. Additionally, as awesome as contests for things like iPads and so forth can be, they’re only great it you win. The real selling point for a CoD Elite Premium membership is that DLC package
Of course, DLC on a game like Call of Duty is different from DLC for games like, say, Mass Effect. CoD DLC doesn’t expand the plot of the game or offer greater insight into the larger CoD universe. They simply give obsessive Call of Duty fanatics more stuff to do in multiplayer. Of course, as Phil Hornshaw reported, that it’s going to cost a non-Elite player around $60.00 a year to buy every single piece of DLC, and they’ll be getting them in quarterly installments instead of monthly.
A purchase of an Elite premium membership will only save you 10 bucks off that cost, so if you’re not really sure whether or not you intend to buy them all, best you hold off. As for the truly dedicated player? Without knowing more about the full range of premium features, we’re inclined to say “worth it”. If you’ve got 50 bucks lying around, you probably won’t regret using it.
The only question we have is, will Activision allow people who purchase DLC as a non-premium member to upgrade to premium without taking a loss, or will they nickel and dime their customers by forcing them to buy at full price without discounting what they’ve already paid. You can probably bet your house that the answer is no. If that’s the case, then the purchase of a premium membership might feel a little like blackmail to reticent players. That means a premium subscription is going to be a major rip off for anyone who so much as glances at DLC as a non paying Elite member.
As always, as we find out more, we’ll let you know.