Is Call of Duty Elite Worth Getting Riled up Over?

Activision’s newest service looks great, but what’s the deal with the reaction?

Joey Davidsonby Joey Davidson


What's all the fuss about? I direct that at both Activision and the fan reactions to this new service. Activision is acting like Call of Duty Elite is completely new and unique, and the fans are freaking out over misinformation. It’s a mess.

Activision: First off, thank you for keeping Call of Duty free to play online.

That said… Your service is neither new nor completely mind-blowing. We’ve seen it with Bungie and EA. Of course, we love that you’re taking it up and excited to see what features you’ve built into the roster, but acting like it’s this completely unheard of deal rife with wildly new assets is only adding to the pile of confusion at hand.

Like I said, we love ya for making it. Really, we think it’s going to be great. And I can’t wait to spend time away from Modern Warfare 3 at my desk pouring over heat maps and gun stats. I’m a nerd like that, and you’re indulging me.

Just like Bungie and EA did before you.

The subscription plan for maps and more features might be a good one. But why hold out on dishing that information? We get that you want to save some magic for the ride to November, but you’re only further fanning the flames of confusion by holding back pricing and package information. Fans don’t know what’s going on because the language surrounding the service is so hit or miss.

Aside from that, we’re down. Good stuff. And the groups and clans unique to Call of Duty Elite sound fantastic. That could be the singular feature that changes online shooters forever.


Fans: RELAX.

Call of Duty Elite is not a pay-to-play deal. It’s a network that’s either free or subscription based, depending on which services you wish to take advantage of. The act of playing Call of Duty online with friends and foes alike will still operate in the same way it does now.

This is a stat pack, strategy guide and social network all wrapped up below one banner. It’s the unification of a brand. It’s the future of the Call of Duty franchise. But it isn’t the end of the game as we know it.

We don’t know which parts of the service will come at a price; we do, however, know that it won’t be the online play.

So keep that bit in mind when you’re reading news of this new subscription deal. If you want to buy the service, buy it; but, you won’t be mistreated for passing on the plan. Activision has made that much clear.