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Call of Duty Elite shutting down this week

Call of Duty Elite shutting down this week

Call of Duty Elite was a lucrative, but ultimately short-lived, experiment by Activision. The company experimented with a subscription model with Modern Warfare 3, but opted to switch back to a more traditional Season Pass model with Black Ops 2. "What we have realized is that several of the Call of Duty Elite services which are currently only available to our premium members for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are things that would further unite, engage and delight our player community. So we are going to make them free for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2," Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said at the time. With Ghosts, the company offloaded many of those services to a standalone app.

Elite services are still running for Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2--but not for much longer. The service will end this Friday.

Read more: Stats will be unaffected »

"Beachhead Studios was the name of the Elite developer. Sledgehammer helped make Modern Warfare 3 ..."
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Call of Duty Elite services extended for Modern Warfare 3 early adopters

Call of Duty Elite services extended for Modern Warfare 3 early adopters

Call of Duty Elite's launch last year was by no means smooth. In fact, Activision offered an olive branch for fans that struggled to access the for-pay services, as the servers were hammered by hundreds of thousands of enthusiastic Call of Duty fans. Elite memberships were extended by 30 days to account for the long service outage--an offer which Activision has oddly expanded.

Read more: Service extended to March 2013 »

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's final DLC on video

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's final DLC on video

The "season of content" for Modern Warfare 3 is about to end--just in time for the release of Black Ops 2, of course. Collection 4, aka "Final Assault," contains five new maps: Gulch, Boardwalk, Offshore, Decommission, and Parish. Call of Duty Elite subscribers on Xbox 360 will be able to download their final maps on September 5th, while regular Xbox 360 players will be able to get the content one day later, on September 6th. PS3 and PC players will have to wait, of course.

Activision has released a new trailer, showing off the game's final maps. We wonder: will Black Ops 2 players be so lucky to have 24 pieces of post-release content as well?

Watch: The Final Five »

"BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHAAHHAHAHAHA .... xD and.. and most people are even gonna BUY that! ..."
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Modern Warfare 3 getting free Terminal map

Modern Warfare 3 getting free Terminal map

Surprise! Activision has announced yet another free DLC drop for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the second gratis add-on for the popular online shooter.

"Terminal," the popular multiplayer map from Modern Warfare 2, is being re-released for free for both Call of Duty Elite subscribers and non-subscribers. The map will be available first on Xbox 360: July 17th for Elite, July 18th for non-Elite.

Read more: Coming to PC and PS3 as well »

"It's the classic "My 1st video of Terminal game"!!!! Pop culture! Icon of icons!"
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Call of Duty DLC half-off, proceeds to benefit Call of Duty Endowment

Call of Duty DLC half-off, proceeds to benefit Call of Duty Endowment

While Electronic Arts is celebrating the fourth with double XP in Battlefield 3, Activision is taking a different approach. Starting today, all previously released DLC for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops will be available for half-off. The deal is available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360, and will be ongoing for a week.

Read more: Donation being made to the CODE »

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Modern Warfare 3 'Content Collection 2' now available on PS3 and PC

Modern Warfare 3 'Content Collection 2' now available on PS3 and PC

One month after Xbox 360 owners got access to it, "Content Collection #2" is now available for purchase on PlayStation Network and PC. Available for all COD players, the $15 add-on includes five maps: Getaway, Lookout, Sanctuary, Foundation, Oasis, Kill Switch, and Iron Clad. In addition, the add-on offers two spec ops missions: Kill Switch and Iron Clad.

Watch: Also includes Face Off maps »

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Modern Warfare 3 June DLC includes Spec Ops mission, three Face Off maps

Modern Warfare 3 June DLC includes Spec Ops mission, three Face Off maps

Last month's free ride is over, folks. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is continuing its "season of content" for paying Call of Duty Elite subscribers on Xbox 360 tomorrow. Included in tomorrow's drop is a new Spec-Ops mission called "Arctic Recon" (pictured above). In addition, the update includes three new Face Off maps: Vortex, U-Turn, and Intersection.

Read more: PS3, PC later (of course) »

"And all I wanted was ranked dedicated servers for PC and Combat Training Multiplayer... maybe ..."
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Modern Warfare 3 free 'Face Off' mode coming to PS3 on June 15

Modern Warfare 3 free 'Face Off' mode coming to PS3 on June 15

The word "free" doesn't usually come into mind when thinking about Activision's wildly successful Call of Duty series. However, the publisher is throwing fans a bone with "Face Off," a new free mode for Modern Warfare 3. Originally available on Xbox 360 two weeks ago, Face Off and two maps will be making an appearance on PS3 next month.

See: Aground and Erosion »

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Modern Warfare 3 'Content Collection 2' now available on Xbox 360

Modern Warfare 3 'Content Collection 2' now available on Xbox 360

Not one of Call of Duty's two million Elite subscribers? While paid members have been getting monthly content drops, there are still many players that want to buy their DLC piecemeal. That's where the "Content Collections" come in.

Read more: Seven pieces of content for $15 »

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Call of Duty Elite has 2 million paying subscribers

Call of Duty Elite has 2 million paying subscribers

Activision's Call of Duty Elite subscription service now has two million paying members, growing by 33% since the end of January. With a $50 price tag, Activision has managed to squeeze out $100 million in additional revenue from Call of Duty players.

Read more: Only 20% of Elite members pay »

"really it costs £60 for elite subscrition. it costs £12 per map pack. if they release 4 map ..."
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Modern Warfare 3 free 'Face Off' mode on Xbox 360 next week

Modern Warfare 3 free 'Face Off' mode on Xbox 360 next week

With all the hubbub over Call of Duty's "season of content" for Modern Warfare 3, it's nice to see Activision throw non-paying fans a bone with some free DLC. Coming May 15th is the new Face Off mode--created specifically for 1v1 and 2v2 battles. Best of all, two Face Off maps--Aground and Erosion--will be free to all Xbox 360 players, not just Call of Duty Elite members.

Read more: Also coming to PS3 »

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Sony exploring PlayStation Plus and Call of Duty Elite subscription bundles

Sony exploring PlayStation Plus and Call of Duty Elite subscription bundles

Subscription models are lucrative. While Microsoft rakes in the dough with Xbox Live, Sony has been trying to entice PS3 gamers to invest in PlayStation Plus. A recent survey shows how Sony is playing with the formula, seeing what would generate the most interest in the premium PSN service.

For example, the survey quizzes interest in offering "new Blu-ray games" with the subscription, or offering free access to Call of Duty Elite with a Plus membership.

Read more: Price increase also possible »

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Modern Warfare 3 DLC available on PC in May

Modern Warfare 3 DLC available on PC in May

PC gamers have long felt like second-class citizens in the Call of Duty ecosystem. However, Modern Warfare 3 has proven those fears wrong--they're actually third class citizens. Neither paid or free forms of the Call of Duty Elite service are available for PC players--despite reassurances. And none of the post-release content has yet to arrive on PC.

Well, that finally changes next month, with the release of the first "Content Collection" on PC.

Read more: Lengthy delay for PC updates »

"They aren't farming the console market so much as MS probably paid them to make it exclusive "
- Lucy Labia    See all 11 comments


Call of Duty Elite April DLC available on Xbox 360 tomorrow

Like clockwork, Call of Duty Elite members can expect their monthly Modern Warfare 3 DLC tomorrow. As promised, April's content drop consists of two maps: Sanctuary & Foundation. It will be available to paid Call of Duty Elite members on Xbox Live tomorrow, and should be available to paying Elite members on PS3 next month. Non-Elite members can expect this DLC to drop in a general "Content Collection" later in the year--first on Xbox Live, of course.

See: Sneak peak at a new map »

"dammit, when is the PC gonna get some DLC... i'm starting to get very bored with the maps... "
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Modern Warfare 3 'Content Collection' coming to Xbox 360 on March 20

Modern Warfare 3 'Content Collection' coming to Xbox 360 on March 20

As promised, the first DLC for Modern Warfare 3 that doesn't require a Call of Duty Elite subscription will be available on Xbox Live on March 20th. It is the first of four "Content Collections" that will be available for MW3. It will bundle all the content that Elite members have already received in January and February, as well as the content in March's drop.

Read more: What's in the first DLC pack? »

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