Call of Duty Elite will offer "Call of Duty" players an all-new multiplayer gaming experience  (Source:
New service will offer enhanced online multiplayer gaming for "Call of Duty" players

Activision is offering "Call of Duty" players a whole new multiplayer gaming experience this Fall with a new service called Call of Duty Elite.

"Call of Duty" is a first-person and third-person shooter video game. It was first released in October 2003, and is available for several platforms including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox/Xbox 360, PlayStation 2/PlayStation 3, iOS, Nintendo GameCube, Wii and Nintendo DS. Since 2003, there have been several "Call of Duty" sequels such as "Call of Duty 2," "Call of Duty 3," Call of Duty: World at War," and "Call of Duty: Black Ops." There is also the Modern Warfare series.

"Call of Duty" has become wildly popular since its initial release, with over 30 million players worldwide at present. To keep players interested in the "Call of Duty" series, Activision is offering an all-new service called Call of Duty Elite.

Call of Duty Elite, which was developed by Activision's new Beachhead studio, will change the way the "Call of Duty" online gaming community connects and competes during their multiplayer experience. More specifically, Call of Duty Elite will work much like a social networking system, allowing more in-depth player interaction.

Call of Duty Elite will allow players to compete against friends, players with similar interests and players of similar skill levels. It will also let players join groups or clans and participate in tournaments. A constant stream of events and competitions will be available to players, tiered in such a way that it groups players with similar abilities together. In-game and real-world prizes will be rewarded to all skill levels. Players can also track performance, activity and progress in the game and on computers and mobile devices.

In addition, Call of Duty Elite allows players to improve through the use of a dynamic strategy guide that tracks performances and statistics associated with that player. Other information and learning tools are provided for game advancement as well.

"The average 'Call of Duty' player spends 58 minutes per day playing multiplayer," said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. "That is more than the average Facebook user spends per day on Facebook. And yet, right now, there are very few tools to unite and supercharge that social community.

"Whether it's allowing you to connect with your friends, or people of a similar skill level, people who live in your city, people who share your favorite passions, join competitive clans or social groups, or upload, view and comment on the incredible mass of player-generated content, or watch and comment on exclusive created content, Call of Duty Elite will give people more ways to connect with fellow players than ever before. Elite will also allow players of every level to improve their game with an intuitive suite of tools, and compete in tournaments for both real and virtual prizes."

Call of Duty Elite will have many features that are free of charge, but for those who want exclusive entertainment programming, all-inclusive game content and top-notch services, a premium membership must be purchased. The cost of this membership has not yet been announced.

Call of Duty Elite will be available on several platforms, such as mobile, console and web platforms.

This new service will be fully integrated into "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," and both will launch November 8, 2011. But before the launch, Activision will hold a public beta this summer for Call of Duty Elite with "Call of Duty: Black Ops."

A preview of Call of Duty Elite can be seen here.

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