'Call of Duty: Elite' priced - a discount for the devoted
Tuesday 06 September 2011
Call of Duty's subscription system was given the run-down at the COD XP event, coming in at $49 (€49/£35) for a year's worth of playable post-release content, daily contests and events, and prize competitions.
Buying Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer expansion packs separately would tot up to $60, Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg told Call of Duty fans on September 2.
Premium membership for Call of Duty: Elite is also included in Modern Warfare 3's top-end Hardened Edition, which launches alongside its $60 standard incarnation on November 8.
Hirshberg did not name a price for the Hardened Edition, but pre-orders went live over the weekend and value it at $99 (€99, £89).
Hirshberg confirmed that there would be 20 packs released over a nine-month period, including multiplayer maps, extra spec ops missions, and new game modes.
Premium members get first shot, receiving a new batch of content every month, rather than waiting for the usual quarterly release.
They are also given access to extra video storage, exclusive pro tips and guides, and two TV shows.
The scheme builds on the season pass concept of LA Noire, Mortal Kombat and the upcoming Gears of War 3, statistical breakdowns provided free of charge by the Battlefield and Halo series' websites, and gameplay videos provided by fan communities.
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