Call of Duty Elite's free content outlined
Monday 06 June 2011
Activision has outlined Call of Duty Elite's free content ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, setting a July 14 start date for the public beta.
The new service, which has much in common with websites for EA's Battlefield and Bungie's Halo series, will offer a range of social and statistical features to all members.
Designed to be accessible across a variety of internet-ready devices, it will be offered via apps for Android handsets, iPhones, and iPads.
Users will be able to track and share performance statistics such as their kill:death ratio, score per minute, and win percentage.
Groups, clans, and Facebook friends will be able to find each other, with custom leaderboards increasing the scope for pre- and post-game banter.
Heat maps and weapon performance analysis will also be part of the free package, with a Theater Mode for video uploads, and there's the ability to choose player loadouts from the web.
Elite's beta phase is designed to work with 2010's Call of Duty game, Black Ops, with the full service due to launch November 8 alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
Though Activision has remained coy on pricing and content for Elite's Premium strand, all playable downloadable content for Modern Warfare 3 will be included as part of the membership deal.
The standard multiplayer mode, to which Call of Duty players have become accustomed, will remain free of charge (the Xbox 360's Live subscription notwithstanding).
Further details are expected to emerge during press conferences at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, starting with Microsoft's presentation on Monday, June 6, 9am PT / 5pm BST.
Elite's beta sign-up page is callofduty.com/elite.
The E3 presentations are to be broadcast live online at YouTube.com/user/E3.
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