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Activision unveils 'Call of Duty Elite' subscription service

By Jos · 30 replies
May 31, 2011
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  1. Late last year rumors emerged suggesting that Activision might implement a subscription model for Call of Duty online multiplayer. Although the company was quick to tell customers it would "never,…

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  2. Doesn't Black Ops already do this in-game stuff for free? If you watch a match in the replay theater it shows points on the map where you died and the enemy died. You can check your stats on individual guns to see which you do best with. Seems kinda odd to offer stuff like that at a premium when we already have it.
  3. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 855   +64

    Some people might want this. I haven't bought Blackops - I did buy MW2 and the dlc when they were on a steam sale but the levels are too small and the game is nowhere near as cool as BC2 for me.

    Activision stand a good chance of ruining what is left of this IP like they did with Guitar Hero.
  4. Ok Activision, you've officially lost me as a customer. Will never buy COD again
  5. PaulWuzHere

    PaulWuzHere TS Guru Posts: 271

    I miss CoD: United Offensive and CoD 2. Hell, CoD 4 was good. Thanks for ruining one of my favorite shooters with remote control bomb rc cars and helicopters activision. If it weren't for Blizzard I would never touch another one of the "games"
  6. From now on:

    - Every game will require you to be online to play, whatever the reason (LIVE, Steam or any other gaming network you know);

    - The game will not be sold to you, it will be licensed to play. You're not going to be the owner anymore (iRacing does that); Hardcopies of special or collector's editions will sell as high as 250+ bucks; you'll buy the merchandise that comes along, not the game;

    - The majority of the games will use a web browser as platform (iRacing does already);

    - Never, ever believe what game studios say; specially an extreme greed as Activision. They always change the rules of the game.

    And there will be a lot of players that will pay to play CoD. And Activision will make millions of that.

    Bought MW2 and the map packs. Never will do it again.

    Not a surprise for me.
  7. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    Just to clarify, online multiplayer will continue to be free, this is an optional service so technically Activision didn't lie about that part. Some of it sounds like it may overlap with features already available for free (leaderboards, stats), though, so perhaps at E3 they'll share more information about exactly what will be made available for free and what's available exclusively to paying subscribers.
  8. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    Yay, the long awaited end to CoD. Last good cod was world at war, and I still think #2 was the best. The games aren't worth $60 and now they want us to pay monthly to have access to dlc? They have planted the seeds of their own destruction and I patiently await the end of CoD
  9. This completely ridiculous, we already get those heat maps and such features free, and it is not worth it to pay monthly for that. However I would not mind if COD: Elite allowed us to play on dedicated servers, because this bull**** with missed hitmarkers due to delay, will probably force me to pay extra for the elite to have perfect connection (however paying for Xbox live should do that for us already). But for the features they listed, it sounds like a complete ripoff.
  10. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    I dont care about all the extra BS. I just want to go in there with any weapon and shoot imaginary soldiers.... so, i dont care about prestige, or really even the replay. I've saved a few because I got some crazy killstreaks with ballistic knife or whatnot... but this isnt required and wont push me to pay extra. I bought the recent map packs, kinda regret considering I always play Nuketown.
  11. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 2,146   +1,223

    You would PAY for dedicated servers? Hell PC has had them forever and you don't have to pay monthy for Live....Not to mention better gameplay and graphics on PC. Did I mention online play was free?
  12. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 855   +64

    I buy all my games on steam except fifa on the xbox and the occasional massive exclusive so I cannot sell my games on anyway.

    A question is whether this is a gateway to offering different services to people paying a subscription such as better policed servers etc in a couple of years time. Activision want to make more money and see Call of Duty as their best chance of making WoW subscription amounts of cash whether or not the game type would work with it.

    Its about time Planetside 2 came out and showed everyone how to make a subscription based FPS again.
  13. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 378   +6

    As long as its not "compulsory" then it doesn't bother me as much. MW3 is below consideration for purchase from me though. We'll see.

    And again, more FYI on this, Activision, for the most part, is not a developer in all of this. They're the publishers.

    Look up Call of Duty and you'll see that Activision themselves have nothing much to do with the development of the game. They financially back IW & Treyarch and for the most part they're the people who set the prices or unveil these ridiculous things at times.... though not always.

    Its mostly the publishers which come up with stupid ideas, which if the devs don't cave into, their projects get canned and loses funding by the publishers.
  14. jetkami

    jetkami TS Booster Posts: 100

    Pretty soon you will have to buy virtual ammo!
  15. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 855   +64

    At least it might stop the spray and pray gameplay in COD..
  16. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 378   +6

  17. zillion

    zillion TS Rookie Posts: 51

    ...The limit for me is about to be crossed, i dont mind companys to sell stuff and useless crap for real currency as long as it has no real impact on the ingame balance, but if the premium service will offer better perks and even better guns etc...... it will be the end of cod for me, and i see myself as a very big fan of the cod franchise, but if that part come true i have no reasson to keep playing cod (would only be to pwnd those suckers that paid the premium just to be mocked by better player)
  18. wcbert

    wcbert TS Rookie Posts: 74

    Next games will be Chess. You play online for free but for a subscription you get a King and Queen.

    I think the future there will be games developed with two goals. There will be basic stuff in the game and the extra (the real parts of the game) that you have to pay for. Then you invest your time into the game to get all the googies they are selling. Some time in the future the company that makes the games says they are not going to support it and where does that leave you?

    Remember the old days when you got a demo of a game for free and it came with two levels to play. Buy the game and you get everything. New model is you will buying the game (subscriptions) every month waiting for the day they say they are not making enough money to support the game and will soon shut it down.

  19. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Rookie Posts: 313

    If this succeeds and changes the game so to speak I won't blame Activision, I'll blame the millions of sheep that line their pockets and fuel this nonsense.
  20. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    I can see what Activision is doing. Believe it or not, there is a market for this, and people will give in. I don't necessarily blame them for taking advantage of that (on the business side of things), but just them doing this, sort of, disgusts me. It's like they've become so money-hungry, they've forgotten their own franchise. MW3 will just be MW2 with a few new guns and and a different 4-5 hour cutscene, and while I'm not necessarily complaining as I know people seem to like that, it just makes me realize they don't put time and effort into making a good game anymore.

    The formula has gone from how to make a great game, to how to make the most money. It's already sad to see a generation that strays from quality, to quantity. But it's even more saddening seeing a company so vehement at taking advantage of that very fact...
  21. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    I guess as games become more realistic, the non combat aspects of warfare are getting introduced too. Soon we'll be paying by the bullet.
  22. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +48

    Well with this recent information, this makes me glad I stopped buying "Call of Duty" games, my last one being Call of Duty 4 or Call of Duty (Modern Warfare). By these implementations, it is going to totally change the Call of Duty terrain. Now when Modern Warfare implemented (perks) and (ranks) which influenced which kind of weapon you could use, what special ability one could have, I was fine with that, took some getting used to, but I was fine with it all the same. I'm a 100% supporter of "fair play", I believe that everyone should have equal opportunity when it comes to on-line video game play.

    Now they want to segregate those who might not be able to afford the "Elite" package, to those that can. The people who can afford this get extra, and the people who can't afford it get stuck with "stock" and or "out of the box" stuff only, that just does not seem fair! Again I don't mind earning your weapons and abilities in a game, but to have to play extra for things is just fricking lame!
  23. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,028   +197

    Looks like blizzard has rubbed off on them.
  24. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    shouldn't be blaming the publishers/developers, blame the ***** consumers for paying for crap like this.
  25. I wonder why Apple and Activision haven't joined hands yet. they will make a hell of a duo and they can share the knowledge how to suck hard earned money from people.

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