Activision is to close the Call of Duty Elite service this Friday, February 28.
Elite launched alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 in November 2011 as an online platform designed to enhance the series' multiplayer experience and increase social engagement among players.
While it initially offered a range of features for paying subscribers and non-premium members, the online game platform transitioned to a completely free service in time for the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in November 2012.
Activision explained the decision to close the service in an Elite shutdown FAQ posted on its support website. Here are some excerpts:
Call of Duty Elite was designed to work with prior Call of Duty games and has begun winding down support for those titles since late last year, which ends on February 28, 2014.
We've taken all the key learnings and fan feedback to create the Call of Duty app for Call of Duty: Ghosts, which takes some of the best and most popular features of Call of Duty Elite and introduces new elements such as Call of Duty Clan Wars. Download the Call of Duty app now at http://callofduty.com/app, and join in the Call of Duty Clan Wars fun today.
There are no plans to bring Call of Duty Elite back. We encourage fans to download the Call of Duty app for Call of Duty: Ghosts, which allows players to customize their multiplayer character and weapons loadouts on the go, keep track of their Call of Duty: Ghosts stats, and features Call of Duty Clan Wars, where players can compete for cool, exclusive in-game gear.