Regardless of how you feel about Activision, or the Call of Duty franchise in general, it’s hard to deny these guys have found a winning formula that countless other publishers are struggling to emulate. And while Battlefield 3 team will probably be doing backflips all the way to the bank if they come even remotely close to matching Modern Warefare’s sales numbers, the companies new subscription based Elite service has created a moving target that EA would no doubt copy if they thought they could pull it off. During the Call of Duty XP keynote, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirsberg has finally detailed what subscribers would get, and what it would cost .
Pricing for the new service will be fixed at $49.99 USD per year, and the company claims Elite will include over 20 pieces of content released every 2-3 months. The first season of DLC will include several map packs, additional spec ops missions, and appears to be a reasonable deal if you’re the type that would buy all of this stuff normally at full price.
Aside from the DLC, Elite subscribers will get eight times as much storage for relay videos, the ability to level up clans by competing in daily tournaments moderated by real humans, and qualify to win both real and virtual prices.
Modern Warfare 3 vs. Battlefield 3 is about as charged a debate around here as Mac’s vs. PC’s, but let us know your thoughts on Elite below. Is it a cash grab or a great value?