I have only just finished a post about DLC gouging gamers pockets when this news item turns up. Call of Duty’s Elite pack is asking you to fork out $50 a year to enjoy the benefits. Is it worth it and what do you get?
The new “Social Network” and stat collecting, analysing, disecting feature for Modern Warfare 3 plus last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops is apparently going to be mostly free. Sounds good so far seeing that Battlefield 3 is screaming out that their stat analysing, disecting stuff will be completely free. So why invest more hard earned dollars in Elite?
Well Activision is saying they will shower you with an abundance of DLC, every single bit of DLC that they pull out of the game make for you loving gamers will be given to you absolutely free. Seeing that there are 18 million of you out there that have purchased the map packs since last November’s launch, I guess it might be worthwhile for a whole lot of people. Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision says if you add the cost of the $15 map packs over the year, the $50 subscribtion apparently works out to be $10 dollars less than the total mum paid for all the packs, so it might actually be a good deal for you guys.CEO of Activision estimates that there will be 20 pieces of content in all, including map packs, missions for Modern Warfare 3‘s Spec Ops mode, additional unspecified game modes and more. Another perk that being “leet” will give you? You get all the content first too. Eric goes onto say,
“In the past, we offered it four times a year, premium will get it monthly.”
I cant complain about that to be honest, if your paying good money to be leet, then atleast your getting a steady stream of content. Another feature that was pointed out is that unlike Sony’s PlayStation Plus, even if your subscription runs out or you cancel at some point, you will still get to keep the downloaded maps and other content. That’s great, but that’s not really a feature in my eyes, that’s just good business. I paid for it, its mine isn’t it? How that is a feature I don’t know. Its one of the biggest problems I have with Valve’s Steam. If you get a ban on your account, you lose all your games. Its why I have switched to only buying games that are dirt cheap on their sales, otherwise I buy the disc and nice looking box I can keep on my shelf at home and install and reinstall when ever I like without the fear of losing it.
In addition to all the content you get to enter daily competitions for virtual and real prizes—iPads were given as an example. But what if your a casual player that doesnt spend 24/7 on the game? Well they have you covered! Activision says these competitions “aren’t just for the pros.” Players of all skill levels can take part with competition matches “managed and refereed by real people 24/7.”
So what about my Muslim Gamer Modern Warfare 3 clan I hear you ask? Have no fear brother!! Elite will allow gamers to level up their clans through challenges which will unlock virtual items like camouflage for weapons, badges and name tags, and double XP weekends on a clan-by-clan basis.
Last but not least Kotaku points out that you will get access to “expert strategy and analysis from the best players in the world,” and the ability to watch Elite TV, the premium episodic video content being created by Hollywood talent like Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Tony and Ridley Scott. Bateman and Arnett will deliver “Noob Toob,” which Hirshberg described as “gamers provide the videos, they provide the smack talk.” The Scotts will bring “Friday Night Fights” to Elite TV, a program built from Modern Warfare 3 game footage.
Call of Duty Elite’s annual premium membership will cost $49.99 USD, according to Activision. Players will be able to subscribe via Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store.
So lets round this up,
20 pieces of content, first.
You get to keep the content that you got within the subscription.
Competitions to win stuff.
The content value really comes down to the content, but I guess if youre one of those people that purchased all the maps in the past then this might actually be worth it for you,
Keeping the content post unsubscribing, well thats not a feature in my book, thats just my right,
Competitions, well you have a few thousand in millions chance of winning something id say,
Clan bonuses, this doesn’t really cost them anything and should could really be included for free,
Elite TV, really only the most hardcore of hardcore players can see this as a benefit,
All in all the only kind of gamer that this is really good for is the one that buys all the map packs anyway, if you fall into that category then all the other stuff is a bonus for you, otherwise I don’t see how the extra $50 is worth it. Just my 2 cents..
Call of Duty Elite launches wide on November 8 alongside the release of Modern Warfare 3.