Call of Duty: Elite Preview

May 31, 2011, By Christian Davis

There has been a lot of speculation about what Call of Duty: Elite is. With literally no information, we finally have gotten a straight answer. Thanks to Jaime Berger, VP of Digital at Activision, he let us know everything about Call of Duty: Elite.

“When it launches in the fall, Elite is going to offer a premium membership.” Jaime Berger stated. There’s no clue to how much this premium membership will cost and Activision doesn’t know either. Price aside, what will Call of Duty: Elite bring to the table?

“Our goal is simple: to enrich the multiplayer experience,” Beachhead studio head Chacko Sonny told an audience in Los Angeles two weeks ago. Call of Duty is one of the most played multiplayer games of our time. How do you make something like that better when there are already millions of players shooting each other up daily. It appears that Beachhead wants to make Call of Duty even more addicting then it already is.

There are going to be four parts to Call of Duty: Elite: Career, Connect, Compete, and Improve. These four sections are what appeals to the Call of Duty demographic, both casual and competitive, the most.

Career

You can think of career as console integrated version of Bungie.net’s matchmaking tracking service. It will display your stats, kill death ratio, file share screenshots and videos, and a whole lot more. Compare you performance against friends, check leaderboards, which weapons you use the most, etc…This is just one portion of Call of Duty: Elite and the most basic of the new features.

Connect

Groups are the biggest thing with connect. Want to affiliate yourself with only kids from you college, city, or close niche of friends? Groups are for you.  Play against or compete with that group instead of having to suffer the wrath of the unnecessarily rude players that pollute online gaming. Rather than compete with the leaderboards of the world, you’ll be competing for the top spot in your group. Making the experience more social and full of friendly competition.

One really cool feature is the ability to embed Youtube videos and tag your Xbox LIVE or PSN friends. If something hilarious happened, relive it and show the rest of your group as well. Outstanding videos can even get promoted by the Elite staff and showcased on the main page.

Compete

The compete portion of the game is exactly what you think. You or your clan can compete in and win trophies that attach to your Call of Duty: Elite persona and even a real-life Call of Duty: Black Ops Jeep. There will be Clan vs Clan competitions and Group vs Group competitions at the launch of Modern Warfare 3.

Improve

Easily the most useful feature for upcoming players is the improve section. Ever wonder why you keep dying so much? Want to know why this weapon is better than the other? This portion will break everything down to you and will hopefully stop you from sucking.

Call of Duty: Elite is something that I’d definitely want to invest in. What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments. Also, head over to Joystiq and Kotaku for even more information about Call of Duty: Elite.

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