hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Call of Duty Elite 'Premium' gets priced at $49.99 a year

2:30 PM on 09.02.2011 // Nick Chester

While the core services of Activision's Call of Duty Elite will be free, players who invest in a "Premium" membership will be a bit more elite than your usual elite.

Priced at $49.99 a year, Premium members will get access to every piece of downloadable content available for Modern Warfare 3 through the year. Activision has already confirmed that this will consist of 20 new pieces of content, although it didn't go into any more detail. Purchased standalone, that same content would cost players $60, said Activision's Eric Hirshberg.

To sweeten the deal, Premium members will also get access to that DLC content earlier. While the standard model for Call of Duty DLC has been four content drops spread over the course of a year, Premium members will be drip-fed that new content monthly. According to Hirshberg, that new content won't simply be new multiplayer maps; players can also expect new Spec Ops maps, game modes, and more. 

Additionally, Premium members get access to daily competitions and events where they can snag prizes, both real and virtual. Activision is offering everything from in-game badges and trophies, to iPads and (no seriously) jeeps. 

"These aren't just competitions for pros," adds Hirshberg, "we're gonna have competitions tailored for players of all skill levels, and these competitions will be managed and refereed by real people, 24/7."

Out of the box, all Modern Warfare 3 users will be able to use Elite to form and manage clans. But only premium members will get the benefits of leveling up their clans by participating in tournaments and competitions. 

"Everything you love about leveling up as an individual player, Premium Elite members can do as a clan," explains Hirschberg. "It's like your own fantasy football team inside Call of Duty Elite, except players you're counting on are your friends and teammates."

Saving and uploading videos also gets a boost, as well, for Premium Elite members, with Activision offering eight times more video capacity for replays than standard members. 

Expert strategies and analysis is also being made to Elite players, with new content being added regularly. These "high production value" video clips designed by the "best players in the world" will give gamers a deeper insight into using weapons and navigating the game's maps.

As if all of that weren't enough, Activision also has Hollywood talent on board to provide original content for something it's calling Elite TV. These episodic videos will be created using the Modern Warfare 3 engine, and while they're not ready to show any examples just yet, Hirshberg was willing to give some details on two Elite TV shows. 

"We've got a simple idea that brings real life rivals together in multiplayer to battle it out Call of Duty style," he says of the Tony and Ridley Scott-produced Friday Night Fights, "whether it's firemen versus cops, New York fans versus Boston fans, Democrats versus Republicans, football fans versus soccer fans, even a few famous celebrity rivals who play Call of Duty are gonna get involved." 

Will Arnett and Jason Bateman's production company, DumbDumb have a show in the works, as well. It's called Noob Toob, and the premise apparently seems to have Arnett and Bateman providing snarky smack-talking commentary on various player clips. 

Not up for shelling out $49.99 for all of the above perks? There's another way to get a full year of Premium Elite: it comes with the "Hardened Edition" of the upcoming shooter. Additionally, those who purchase the set will get lifetime Premium Elite "founders" status, which sounds good for bragging rights and not much else. 

Given everything that Activision is offering, it certainly does seem as if Premium Elite service is a sweet deal for Call of Duty diehards. While casual fans who are reluctant to buy add-on content for the shooter may not find value in the service, there's plenty here for those who purchase new map packs every few months. What do you think of what Activision is offering? Are you ready to go all in, or are the standard Elite services enough?

Nick Chester, Former Editor-in-Chief (2011)
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
Editor-in-Chief @ nick at  more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

Virtua Kazama avatarVirtua Kazama
One thing I've learned about the Japanese fighting game players: They are willing to play any fighter no matter how good or bad it is, and they don't shit on the game or the community behind it.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
I killed Darth Vader by crashing a spaceship into him 10/10
Parismio avatarParismio
Watched the first ep of One Punch Man and I was not disappointed. It seems like they'll be adding their own stories into it because I don't remember that fight in the last 5 minutes in the manga. I'll have to reread it to make sure.
Paul S avatarPaul S
What the hell is Sega using in the printing of their PS3 game manuals? I wouldn't be surprised if some dumb kid stuck one in a plastic bag and started huffing the fumes to get high.
CeeDotGreen avatarCeeDotGreen
Been playing MGO obsessively, still can't find anyone in their right mind that uses the Hush Puppy. So of course I'm gonna be the dumb bastard that tries.
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
Why don't we have more games that use filtered 3D models to creat faux-pixel art? It's such a cool, smooth style, but you never see any games using it.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Oh lawd. Next Saturday, Gamestop will have three hour access to Tri-Force Heroes. Nintendo, really wish we could just get normal demos from you more often, please!
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
I made this. Want one? [IMG]HTTPS://[/IMG]
JawshButturBawls avatarJawshButturBawls
Star Wars Battlefront is pretty good. Except the beta is basically a demo with nothing in it so that upsets me. but it's still pretty good.
gajknight avatargajknight
Just cleaning up the last of Gotham's Most Wanted before I finish Arkham Knight. Those Riddler trophies...much more fun than Arkham City but my word, stop it Rocksteady. Love the game though, outstanding. In my top 5 this year, fo sho.
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
SCIENCE. IS. AWESOME. [youtube][/youtube]
Jed Whitaker avatarJed Whitaker
Looks like my copy of Chibi-Robo: Zip Lash won't be here till Tuesday. What do I pay for Amazon Prime for again? I think I might have to stream me playing it.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
I have just heard someone say Uncharted was a "role playing game."
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
The glitched walking animation people carrying crates in Novigrad do is hilarious.
TheLimoMaker avatarTheLimoMaker
Undecided what to do with my weekend now my fiancée is away. One part of me says I should work my ass off, another says I should go watch The Martian while the last part tells me to be a slob, play games and masturbate to Highschool DXD.. Such a hard lif
Steel Squirrel avatarSteel Squirrel
The 1.10 patch for The Witcher 3 is out. Downloading for PS4. Pretty excited to see the changes, especially since it said the damn swamps in Velen would finally see performance enhancements, along with like a million other areas. So good! Yes?
wutangclam avatarwutangclam
Just got confirmation that a feature I spent way too long writing is going up on Sunday. Not a bad way to start the weekend off, though I wish I had a slot on a weekday.
gajknight avatargajknight
PB&J sandwiches. Saturday morning cartoons. A blanket. Ominous sounds coming from the next room. Blood seeping from the walls. A dark figure standing in the corner, staring, watching. Darkness, everywhere. Such darkness. This is childhood.
Torchman avatarTorchman
Dear Namco, give me a proper localizer Super Robot Wars title. I need it in my viens, especially this
Mark Plechaty avatarMark Plechaty
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -