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Call of Duty Elite Pricing Detailed

While Activision has spoken a lot about their new Call of Duty Elite subscription-based service, they have kept a pretty tight mouth when it has come to pricing or features for premium membership, avoiding questions about both for a lengthy period now. In the way that Activision treated the subject, one might have been worried that the pricing or perks would be unreasonable.

That changed at Call of Duty XP, where both the price and details for premium membership were revealed for Call of Duty Elite. Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed that a year-round premium membership would cost $50. While Call of Duty players can use Elite for free, paying users can get access to several perks, including access to every piece of DLC released for Modern Warfare 3. On its own, the DLC will cost $60, saving $10 for hardcore Call of Duty fans.

There are multiple ways for players interested in Elite to sign up, but the simplest is to buy the Hardened Edition of Modern Warfare 3. This edition will include the full game, a year-long membership for Elite, and a "lifetime founder status" in the service.

Players will be able to compete for prizes, both in reality and in the game, like a Jeep in real life for a lucky individual who plays the Call of Duty Elite beta. Paid members can level up their clans and capture eight times more video than freebies. They'll also gain access to video content from some of the best Call of Duty players in the world, teaching strategy and analyzing games. On a less educational front, they can also watch Elite TV episodic content, featuring actors such as Will Arnett and Jason Bateman, and directors like Tony and Ridley Scott.

Whether or not they pay, Elite patrons can use Facebook integration, getting into Modern Warfare 3 games with people on their Facebook friends' lists. Elite also supports its own group and socializing system.

I'm one of the few people who really enjoyed the PC version of Infinity Ward's last effort, Modern Warfare 2, but this Call of Duty Elite service doesn't interest me that much, if only because I feel that a premium price of $60 for the PC version of Modern Warfare 3 is enough money already. Also, am I the only one who finds it off-putting that Elite costs just as much as a gold Xbox Live membership, but with far less functionality? In any event, I'm sure that hardcore fans of Call of Duty (of which there are many) will enjoy it.  


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