covers much of today's Call of Duty XP
event in Los Angeles, outlining the festivities for attendees, and offering a summary of what was revealed about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
, the next installment in the military first-person shooter series. This includes an revelations of the game's strike packages,. an overhauled killstreak system, new weapon proficiencies, new Confirmed and Team Defender game modes, and more. They also offered further details on the premium Call of Duty Elite service, including its annual price tag of $49.99, as well as free elements for players unwilling to pony up. Here's the rundown:
Activision and developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games delivered a knockout punch to the thousands of attendees present at the XP keynote with the reveal of new Modern Warfare 3 features. Strike Packages—including Assault Strike, Support Strike, Specialist Strike and others—will overhaul the Killstreak system and create the most balanced and immersive multiplayer experience ever. The new Weapon Proficiencies system empowers players to modify their load-out to suit their individual play-style. User-generated game modes, a universal player card, loyalty rewards and new game modes like Kill Confirmed and Team Defender capped a stunning lineup of gameplay innovations.
These innovations will work in tandem with the Call of Duty® Elite social gaming platform to dramatically enhance the multiplayer experience. Launching alongside Modern Warfare 3 this fall, Call of Duty Elite is designed to help gamers Play Better Together. Also on display at this morning’s presentation, Call of Duty Elite delivered detailed stat tracking and performance analytics, integrated Facebook friend support, clan creation and management, and a device-agnostic hub for all things Call of Duty, connecting gamers via console, smartphone, tablet and web. Users can even customize matches via mobile and push them to the game remotely—the changes will be waiting the moment they boot up their console.
Call of Duty Elite features the deepest free service in gaming. For uncompromising Call of Duty devotees, the premium annual membership offers an unrivaled level of integration with the franchise and likeminded hardcore fans. The premium membership includes a year’s worth of Modern Warfare 3 DLC available monthly during the 9-month DLC season, daily competitions for in-game and real-world prizes, 24/7 competition calendar, clan competition, up to 24 minutes of HD gameplay video capacity, and the highly-anticipated Call of Duty Elite TV.
The new Call of Duty Elite TV will offer original, episodic video programming from top Hollywood talent, including executive producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. RSA (Ridley Scott Associates) is working on a new program, Friday Night Fights, where real life rivals battle it out in Call of Duty multiplayer. Additionally, digital content and production studio DumbDumb, led by Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in partnership with Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio, Electus, is also working on content for Call of Duty Elite. The production company is in development on two new programs, Cocked Hammers and n00b tube!, both airing this fall on Call of Duty Elite TV.
And it didn’t stop there. All Call of Duty XP attendees were treated with a redemption code for a free copy of the limited Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition when it becomes available, which includes a free year’s membership of Call of Duty Elite featuring all Modern Warfare 3 DLC.
Call of Duty Elite will launch this November with an all-inclusive DLC premium annual membership for the annual price of $49.99, less than $5 per month.