Activision has officially announced its Call of Duty subscription service, Call of Duty: Elite.
Following reports on the service earlier today - as well as a debut trailer showing it in action - the publisher said in a press release that the "innovative new online service" has been developed from the ground up by new CoD studio Beachhead.
Set to debut alongside Modern Warfare 3 and carry forward to future Call of Duty games, Elite will chronicle a player's gameplay history in a career record, keeping track of every kill, every game and progress.
Accessible on a number of platforms -- via web browsers, mobile devices, through game consoles and within the game interface itself - it'll go into a public beta this summer using Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Activision said: "Many key features of Call of Duty Elite will be available to Call of Duty players free of charge." CoD multiplayer in its existing form will also remain free-to-play.
The service has been designed to engage the community in three key ways:
- Connect: Call of Duty Elite gives players unprecedented control over their multiplayer experience, transforming it into a true social network. Players can compete against friends, players of similar skill levels and players with similar interests, join groups, join clans, and play in organised tournaments. They can also track the performance, progress and activity of their entire network, both in the game itself, as well as through mobile and web interfaces. Elite will be an "always on" way for players to connect with the Call of Duty community.
- Compete: Call of Duty Elite establishes the most exciting, competitive environment in a multiplayer game. Players will have available a constant stream of events and competitions, tiered to group them with those with similar abilities. Both in-game and real-world prizes will be rewarded to all skill levels.
- Improve: Call of Duty Elite is like having a personal online coach. It provides players with a dynamic strategy guide that tracks their statistics and performances down to the most minute details. It can show gamers how they stack up against their friends or others in the community. Tools and information are provided so players can learn and up their game.
Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said: "The average Call of Duty player spends 58 minutes per day playing multiplayer. That is more than the average Facebook user spends per day on Facebook. And yet, right now, there are very few tools to unite and super charge that social community.
"Whether it's allowing you to connect with your friends, or people of a similar skill level, people who live in your city, people who share your favourite passions, join competitive clans or social groups, or upload, view and comment on the incredible mass of player-generated content, or watch and comment on exclusive created content, Call of Duty Elite will give people more ways to connect with fellow players than ever before.
"Elite will also allow players of every level to improve their game with an intuitive suite of tools, and compete in tournaments for both real and virtual prizes.
"Call of Duty Elite has been tailored for Call of Duty's diverse base of players - hardcore gamers, casual weekend warriors and even beginners," Hirshberg added.
"Over 7 million gamers play Call of Duty online each day logging hundreds of hours of multiplayer per player per year. Of course, the out of the box Call of Duty multiplayer experience that gamers have come to love and expect will continue as is. However, for those players looking for more, Call of Duty Elite will supercharge their experience."