Neoseeker : News : Call of Duty Elite service launching with Modern Warfare 3, free and paid versions planned
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B. Dub May 31, 11
Yah but how's the security on this new server?
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jbh May 31, 11
Seems extremely gimmicky, judging by the reception that video is getting I'm going to say the service will fail.

The snippet at the end was hilarious though.
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JosephF May 31, 11
soo.. basically... what they have been offering for the last couple of years for free they are now charging for?... I don't get it?..
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jbh May 31, 11
quote JosephF
soo.. basically... what they have been offering for the last couple of years for free they are now charging for?... I don't get it?..
Activision.
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Unstoppable_Luke May 31, 11
Bungie did this for free. Srsly Activision? Srsly?
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jbh May 31, 11
What's that EA? Free map packs!?

Yay!
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Storm May 31, 11
...Activision, you're stooping to lows I didn't think was possible. First the inside destruction of IW's team, the yearly release of CoD's, and now killing it's name with bullshit subscriptions. I would have been content with it had it been a one-time fee to unlock a few features, but this...How hungry for cash can you possibly be?...
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Gonzorob76 May 31, 11
Is the subscription free? YES AND NO??? That doesn't even make F*****G sense! Either it is or it isnt!! No way in hell am i going to pay 60 dollars for the game and still pay for Xbox live, my internet service and now this monthly bullshit! OH,HELL NO!!
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VeGiTAX2 May 31, 11
quote jbh
What's that EA? Free map packs!?

Yay!
Wishing everyone would treat map packs as free DLC again, that died once online content stores took off, maybe not something as big as BC2: Vietnam for free but there are plenty of examples from all the publishers where it's like "wait I have to buy that?". Patch / Update + 1-2 maps was the best system ever on the PC.

On the COD Elite thing, Activision has released few details about what they plan to actually charge for outside of the integrated DLC plan so the wild speculation about the service is pretty crazy to see.
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RabidChinaGirl May 31, 11
Spent hours on this thing, but it sounds like most people here didn't read it in full. Sad face.

[link name=unstoppable_luke]http://www.neoseeker.com/members/unstoppable_luke/" class="mention[/link] Bungie Pro was definitely not free. The two services are similar in theory, but COD Elite will be offering a bit more, based on what we know so far.

As of now, it's unclear exactly what premium content will entail aside from DLC, though it's safe to bet that Acti will also offer the option of additional storage and HD options for theatre, like Bungie Pro.

[link name=jbh]http://www.neoseeker.com/members/jbh/" class="mention[/link] Latest Crysis 2 map pack wasn't free.

Edit: Kills me to do this, but here's it is in a nutshell for you folks. tl;dr Call of Duty games will basically remain the same, with the same multiplayer content you're used to seeing. What COD Elite does is add in extra features, mostly for free. Some features/perks, however, will cost money.
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Storm May 31, 11
The thing is, they know people will buy these subscriptions, even if they never take advantage of the paying side of the Elite services. I really dislike that it's a monthly fee. And DLC/extra content will come free to people paying subscriptions, wonderful. :/ It's likely cheaper to buy what you want separately. Can't folks just buy a month subscription, download the DLC in bulk, and get their money's worth that way? Eh, a lot of questions can be raised with this, just need to be patient and see what the premium service entails.

All I know is, if the 3 (two don't count as it's simply ports, so to say 5 is silly to me) map pack for $15 is anything to go by, this will be quite a price to take note of. I'm well aware that it doesn't affect the basic stuff that makes CoD, and it's extra features, but ugh...again, subscriptions. -_-
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RabidChinaGirl May 31, 11
Storm The current popular guess you'll see floating around is a Netflix-esque fee of $7.XX a month. No confirmation yet, though. Could be lower or higher. I'm thinking the summer beta will help them determine which features are most popular with the community, helping them decide what to make free and what to charge for.

Activision is a business, like EA or any other, so while they are out to make money off consumers, I don't expect them to withhold everything. It's about give and take.
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Storm May 31, 11
Eh I see some flaws. As said, why not just buy a one-month subscription and snag all the DLC in one go? :S

Activision just seems...so much worse than the other companies right now. Their crazy annual releases, how they treat their dev teams, merging with the top MMO dog, and their past two major FPS titles were record-breaking in sales. Yet that's not enough. It's dumbfounding that they would charge $15 for three maps, and best of all, many gamers bought it. It was just multiplayer maps, too, modes such as Spec Ops got no love.

I'm sure Activision will keep the basics for us, much like PSN is compared to PSN Plus, but at the end of the day, the CoD players are a bit...jumpy, and will get these subscriptions. I suppose that's what is most frustrating for me.
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VeGiTAX2 May 31, 11
They might allow for it or they might even go the route of multi-month passes so that they curb month to month grabs. Speculation about the 7.xx price came from WSJ hoping to fake they had the exclusive on the price but it's just speculation from the writer based on them talking about Netflix as a service.

DLC being high priced is nothing new at this point, also have to take a stab at MS and SCEA for their own initial charges to companies that want to offer content online. Valve barely releases updates to their games on the 360 because they're not allowed to give it away for free, they have to set a base price of like $5 to put it up.

I don't get why the COD community would be jumpy and buy subscriptions prematurely to be "safe". The open beta in Black Ops goes live this summer on all platforms so they'll be able to gauge ahead of time what use it is to them and how useful it would be if limited features were changed to premium only. Most people and sites are skipping over that fact though because it makes a better story to say you're going to have to pick blindly at the MW3 launch.

I get being jumpy if everything was changing but it isn't, MP is still free, Elite will have free services built into it, the DLC will be the same price as always most likely and Premium players that choose to go that route will be doing so because of whatever reasons they have. :/
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