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COD Elite Going Free, Black Ops II Season Pass Confirmed

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Matt Gardner
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Actiision, Beachhead Studios, Call of Duty Elite, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, DLC, FPS games, Treyarch

COD Elite Going Free, Black Ops II Season Pass Confirmed

Activision have confirmed reports of a Black Ops II Season Pass, also announcing that the stat-tracking, community-building service Call of Duty: Elite will be going completely free.

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Gibeau: Battlefield's Premium Service Could Come To Further Properties

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Battlefield 3, Battlefield Premium, Call of Duty Elite, DICE, DLC, EA Games, Frank Gibeau, Premium service

Gibeau: Battlefield's Premium Service Could Come To Further Properties

EA Labels boss Frank Gibeau has suggested that the Premium service that has come to Battlefield 3 - offering a discounted bulk-buy option for that game's DLC, both current and forthcoming - might well make the jump across to other EA properties.

Dreading the thought of Mass Effect Premium or Medal of Honor Premium? Look away now.

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Hirshberg: Games Are 'Not Disposable', More Like Sports Than Films

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, Call Of Duty, Call of Duty Elite, Eric Hirshberg, Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure

Hirshberg: Games Are 'Not Disposable', More Like Sports Than Films

Activision's Eric Hirshberg has suggested that games have developed to the extent that it's far more fitting to compare games with sports and hobbies, and with regard to the interactive nature of the relationship people have with games, than with films.

"Games are different, because they’re not disposable, they’re not one-time. They really are relationships. The way you interact with a game has much more in common with the way you interact with a sport that you love, or a hobby that you love, that’s ongoing and long-lasting, than with how you watch a movie. Which you do for two hours and then you move on. So I think all we’re trying to do is look at that behavior and change the way we talk to people about games."

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Modern Warfare 3 Elite Maps Dated For PS3

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, DLC, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 3, PS3
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 | Playstation 3

Modern Warfare 3 Elite Maps Dated For PS3

Infinity Ward has officially dated Modern Warfare 3's first two Elite DLC maps for February 28th for PS3 owners, who have had to wait for the month-long Microsoft exclusivity window to expire. Liberation and Piazza are the vanguard of a nine-month content splurge that will be made available to paid Elite subscribers ahead of traditional DLC packs being issued to regular players.

We've got screenshots of Liberation and Piazza in case you're interested, as well as a DLC roadmap that shows what Infinity Ward plan to bring to the table between now and September.

Infinity Ward Pledge To Remove MW3 Map Profile Lock

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, DLC, Modern Warfare 3, Xbox Live

Infinity Ward Pledge To Remove MW3 Map Profile Lock

Yesterday we reported that Modern Warfare 3's Elite maps are locked to a single Xbox Live profile, which means that other Gamertags on the same console can't access the content despite it being guaranteed in the Xbox Live terms of service. It seems that this state of affairs was an accidental error rather than a purposeful lockout, and Infinity Ward have promised to fix the issue "as soon as possible." More details below.

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Call Of Duty Elite Maps Locked To Single Gamertag

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 3, Xbox Live

Call Of Duty Elite Maps Locked To Single Gamertag

Call Of Duty Elite has laid out its schedule to deliver an inordinate number of small DLC drops to paying members over the next nine months, but eagle-eyed Elites have spotted what could very well be a contravention of Xbox Live's download terms. The new Modern Warfare 3 DLC maps are only playable by the Elite-enabled Gamertag that downloaded them, even though the terms state that "you can use this item on the first Xbox 360 console you downloaded it to. Access to this item will also be granted to all users on this first console." According to the forums, Activision isn't even certain whether this restriction will be retired when the first full-blown DLC pack becomes available in March.

This will likely irk gamers who are used to downloading DLC content to share with family, housemates or friends. Note, however, that you can still play the maps in split-screen so long as the Elite account leads the lobby. [via Joystiq]

Modern Warfare 3 Elite DLC Drops Dated

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, DLC, Modern Warfare 3

Modern Warfare 3 Elite DLC Drops Dated

Activision has laid out their proposed Elite DLC drops for Modern Warfare 3 in a helpful calendar that gives us an idea about what to expect from each month. Ten competitive maps, six Spec Ops missions and two new game modes have been confirmed between now and September... though if you're not a paid Elite subscriber, you'll need to wait for three downloadable content bundles. Of course, Activision's exclusivity deal means that Xbox Live will receive the content first.

We've rounded up the details below in case you're interested, and note that the first two maps (Liberation and Piazza) are out today on Xbox Live. If you're an Elite subscriber.

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Modern Warfare 3 Deploys Map Pack Screenshots

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, DLC, Infinity Ward

Modern Warfare 3 Deploys Map Pack Screenshots

Liberation & Piazza The First Of Many

Last week, Activision announced that premium subscribers to its Call of Duty Elite service would be rewarded with no less than twenty maps over the next nine months. Their mantra? To provide "more new content, more often, and with more variety than ever". Snappy. Well, we've nine new screenshots from the first two maps set to be released, Liberation and Piazza, which appear to offer a distinctly European backdrop to all the bullet-riddled carnage set to unfold.

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Call Of Duty Elite Trailer: Play Together Better

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Infinity Ward, Modern Warfare 3, trailer

Call Of Duty Elite Trailer: Play Together Better

Activision has rolled out a new trailer for Call Of Duty Elite that encourages us to play together, better. On their consoles at least, because the PC version is still nowhere in sight. The service is now running at 95% capacity after a hairy start, so here's hoping that we can get back to business as usual.

Anyway, if you're still not sure whether Elite is something you need... or want... we've got the trailer after the break. Remember that you don't have to spend any money to access the free features.

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Activision: CoD Elite To Be Fully Operational By December 1st

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Modern Warfare 3

Activision: CoD Elite To Be Fully Operational By December 1st

Unexpected Numbers Of Console App Users

Call Of Duty Elite is, as you almost certainly know, being strained to (and beyond) breaking point thanks to the enormous number of new subscribers. Thankfully it seems that Activision are now willing to commit to a schedule: full operational status by December 1st.

"[Players] kind of have to bear with us while we bring this all back up, but for us it’s literally ‘give us those couple weeks, we’re giving those to you for free’ and come December 1, the goal is that we’ll have everything up and running." - production VP Daniel Suarez to G4TV

The December 1st date is no accident - rather, it's a full month from when they offered the free month of subscriptions to paid members. Apparently the PC version is still on the cards, and part of the problem is that a huge proportion of players are accessing the service directly from the downloadable console application rather than in their browsers. Full story below... though if, like Felix, you feel let down by MW3's multiplayer mode, CoD Elite probably won't bother you.

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More Call Of Duty Elite Woes On PC & iOS

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, App, Call of Duty Elite, PC

More Call Of Duty Elite Woes On PC & iOS

A Case Of "If Or When"

Beachhead is still slogging away at bringing Call Of Duty Elite to the PC... but a recent tweet suggests that it won't happen any time soon. More worryingly, the wording implies that they can't guarantee that Elite's PC functionality will ever make an appearance.

We are working towards a universal Elite experience but we cannot guarantee if or when a version will be available for the PC.

An admission of the possibility that Elite may never reach the PC? Or just a turn of phrase? We reckon that the latter is probably true (don't panic just yet), though we'll find out in due time. [UPDATE: As we predicted, this was just a figure of speech. Activision apparently "misspoke," and guarantee that Elite is headed to the PC after all.]

In other Elite news, the iPhone app has been delayed in order to cope with the enormous server load that's still blighting the console versions. Activision's recent FAQ states that they'll be holding off "until the service is stable." The app, originally slated to release last week, will allow players to keep track of their stats while on the move.

Premium CoD Elite Users Getting Free Month Of Subs

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Modern Warfare 3
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Premium CoD Elite Users Getting Free Month Of Subs

"Intermittent" Service "Crushed By Gamers"

As we discussed in our Modern Warfare 3 review and buyer's guide, Call Of Duty: Elite is struggling to remain stable as it caves in under the weight of new subscribers. Activision are aware of the growing frustration at the fact that the service is "crushed by gamers trying to enter," and by way of an apology to paid members, have added a free month to their subscriptions immediately and automatically.

They've also rolled out a status portal that shows how well the service is holding up, which is currently "intermittent" at the time of writing. As far as I know, the service is tracking your stats despite these problems, though, and profiles will be updated once Activision has caught up with the server load.

Call Of Duty: Elite Has Birthing Issues, Beachhead Working 'Around The Clock' To Fix

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Activision, Beachhead Studios, Call of Duty Elite, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, FPS games

Call Of Duty: Elite Has Birthing Issues, Beachhead Working 'Around The Clock' To Fix

A few players may well have found that upon firing up Modern Warfare 3 today and eagerly getting involved that there was a small hitch. Reports have been flying in of registration and password issues to do with Call of Duty: Elite, although Activision community guru Dan Amrich has assured fans that Beachhead are busting a gut to sort things out.

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Call Of Duty Elite Delayed On PC

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Delay

Call Of Duty Elite Delayed On PC

"People Can Easily Cheat Their Stats"

Call Of Duty: Elite is set to provide an in-depth stat tracking system on top of tiered membership benefits when Modern Warfare 3 launches next week... but Activision has confirmed that the PC launch will be delayed in order to ensure that it's a "safe environment." In a refreshingly honest (and worrying) appraisal of their infrastructure, they also currently believe that players can "easily" cheat and hack their way into high leaderboard positions - and hence win prizes unfairly. Full story below.

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Call Of Duty Elite Beta Ends Tonight

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Activision, Beachhead Studios, Call of Duty Elite, Modern Warfare 3

Call Of Duty Elite Beta Ends Tonight

You've All Helped Make It A Better Service, Apparently

The Call of Duty Elite beta has been in full swing for a good while now, as Activision stress their servers and ensure the service headed up by Beachhead Studios is in fighting fit shape for the November launch to coincide with Modern Warfare 3's release. However, that beta is set to be whisked away tonight, as October nears its close and November the 8th looms large.

"Beachhead Studio would like to thank everyone for their feedback and participation in the beta, as it's helping to make Call of Duty Elite an even better service," Activision told fans today. Progress in the beta will be carried over to the full service come November, and while the Connect, Compete and Improve sections will close tonight, the Career option will soon open to all Black Ops players. [Eurogamer]

Call Of Duty Elite A "Necessity" For Gaming

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Modern Warfare 3, Soci

Call Of Duty Elite A "Necessity" For Gaming

Activision Lauds The Importance Of Social Networks

If Call of Duty Elite does succeed in winning over fans and bulging Activision's profit margins, it'll be interesting to see how the rest of the industry reacts. While the likes of Bungie and numerous other PC-oriented shooters have had similar social hubs for fans to enjoy, Call of Duty is the biggest property in gaming, and its mass-market appeal may signal a shift in how we play and communicate in gaming. That is if Elite is a success, and that's a very big if. According to Activision's Jamie Berger, however, moving forward with social networking in gaming is a "necessity".

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Defending The Devil: Is Activision Really So Bad?

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Jonathan Lester
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Features
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Activision, Bizarre Creations, Call of Duty Elite, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Infinity Ward, Scandal

Defending The Devil: Is Activision Really So Bad?

Gaming has a bogeyman at the moment; a leering spectre that's often described as "evil" or "unethical" by hordes of disgruntled gamers. I'm talking, of course, about Activision. Bobby Kotick's company has become synonymous with all that's cynical in our industry, and you don't have to wait long for plenty of aggrieved comments to appear on any article or news announcement that features their games.

But we're not sure that this anger and resentment is entirely fair. In fact, we're certain that Activision, at least in this last year, has inconsistently demonstrated a level of consideration and conscience that puts much of their competition to shame. Over the next few hundred words, we're going to explore exactly how our current perceptions of Activision's public image came about... and whether it's actually deserved. We're going to defend the devil.

Infinity Wars

Defending The Devil: Is Activision Really So Bad?

We need to start at the beginning: the original nightmare that irrevocably tainted Activision's public image. I won't patronise you by rehashing the full details of the sensational firing of West and Zampella from Infinity Ward (you can read the full details here), but there was no excuse for swamping the studio with armed security guards and imposing a "climate of fear." The way in which Activision handled the situation was genuinely horrible - and they deserve to be taken to task for turning their studio into a prison camp - but the scandalous nature of the proceedings did somewhat blind us to the reasons behind it. The why.

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Call Of Duty Elite Beta Extends To PS3

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Activision, Call of Duty Elite, Modern Warfare 3

Call Of Duty Elite Beta Extends To PS3Xbox 360 and PC owners have been enjoying the Call of Duty Elite beta for a while now, but now Activision has finally opened it up to the much-neglected PS3 fan-base, who with a copy of Black Ops can download the beta and check out the all new Call of Duty community hub, trading screenshots, videos and stories, checking stats and leaderboards and resisting the allure of a premium membership.

No word on when the beta will end, but I imagine very soon, what with November fast approaching. If you want to know more about Elite, check out Matt's in-depth preview of what Bungie have been doing for years their exciting community hub, and don't forget to sign off in the comments section with your reactions.

Call Of Duty Elite Will Engender "Respect" Amongst Gamers

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Activision, Battlelog, Call of Duty Elite, Modern Warfare 3
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Call Of Duty Elite Will Engender "Respect" Amongst GamersHave you ever been the victim of online abuse whilst playing your favorite shooter? Did they call you rude words, question your parentage and denounce your sexuality? Well, that could all change with Call of Duty Elite, the online shooter's community hub that creates a "social contract" between players to treat each other as "neighbors", not anonymous enemies. That's according to Activision, who have come out in defense of Elite in the wake of criticism over its pricing plan.

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EA Won't Charge For Battlelog

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Felix Kemp
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News
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Battlefield 3, Battlelog, Call of Duty Elite, DICE, EA Games

EA Won't Charge For Battlelog

Not Looking To Imitate Call Of Duty Elite

Liked the look of Call of Duty Elite until Activision unveiled their pricing plan? Well, maybe you'd prefer Battlelog, instead? EA's answer to Elite felt a little knee-jerky what with its abrupt announcement, but at least the publisher isn't treating Battlelog like the second coming - sorry, Acti, but Bungie's been doing Elite for a while now. And unlike Elite, Battlelog is free to use. However, when reports emerged today that a premium Battlelog might be introduced, EA was quick to dispel such talk.

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