Activision have this morning outlined the free multiplayer features that will be gracing consoles everywhere come November with the release of Modern Warfare 3 and its 'revolutionary' new online service Call of Duty: Elite. If I may be so bold, it looks to be an extension of everything Bungie got right with their online service for the Halo games, with 'heat maps' and a 'theater mode' making a welcome appearance. Below are the full list of free features.
- Access Elite through the web as well as Elite's free custom iOS and Android applications for smartphones and tablets
- Communicate any way you want across mobile, console and the web with your friends
- Track and share thousands of stats with friends - k/d ratios, score-per-minute, win % and loads more, all represented in easy to understand charts and infographics
- Create your own custom leaderboards to track friendly rivalries - who is moving up and down in your group of friends?
- Analyse advanced heat maps detailing your match-by-match performance - where you killed or got killed, when it happened, and more
- Analyse your weapons performance - which weapons you are best with in which situations
- Upload and share videos of your greatest moments through our exclusive theater mode with the touch of a button
- Customise your loadout - search through all the weapons, attachments and perks, and push them directly into the game menu from the web or your mobile device with the touch of a button
- Join dozens of groups and find other players with common interests to play with and compete against
- Create a Clan with players who share your interests and taste for competition
- Bring your Facebook friends right into the game, easily taking your existing network into the Call of Duty experience.
- Seamlessly be placed into Groups with those who share your affinities and interests based on your Facebook profile.
- Start tracking your Call of Duty career - everything you wanted to know about your performance across the franchise starting with Black Ops
It's fair to say that this list alone goes a long way toward backing up Activision's claims that CoD: Elite is a worthy addition to the franchise, though I have to join many others in wondering what the point of playing with like-minded people will do for your gaming experience. Feel free to chip in with your thoughts below.
In related news, Activision have also announced a private-public CoD: Elite beta, dated for July 14th and becoming available to the lucky few that receive an invite whilst playing Black Ops online. The participants will be able to test a small number of Elite's features; we'll have to wait until November for full access. No platform has been specified, which we can only assume to mean every platform will benefit. We'll confirm that as and when we can.
Please do get in touch if you find yourself blessed with an invite and let us know what you think of Activision's highly anticipated new service.