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What's free in Call of Duty Elite?
"The whole Career section," Berger tells me. "All of your stats, the personalized leadersboards, the heatmaps, the weapon stats, the ability to import your Facebook friends ... personal best, ability to compare, etc." This section bears the most resemblance to other offerings in the space, notably Bungie.net, as many of you mentioned. And like the core Bungie.net service, this section of Elite will remain free, including new features that are added to it.

What is the distinction between a paying Elite member and a free Elite member?
One of the most confusing aspects of the Elite reveal was the lack of a distinction between the various tiers. Consider: Bungie.net access and Bungie Pro. Berger agreed that could be confusing. "Elite membership is our nomenclature for the group that gets everything and, in its simplest form, is the membership," Berger says. In other words, while non-paying users of Elite may have access to a lot of the features, they're not considered "members" and are instead considered simply registered users. This point, while seemingly mired in semantics, goes a long way towards understanding the audience confusion over the product. The default language being used implies a paid service, though no payment is required to use many of its features.

Is Elite membership required to play Modern Warfare 3 online?
And here you can see where the confusion comes from – if many readers presume that Elite is a paid service built for Modern Warfare 3, they may also erroneously assume it's required to play Modern Warfare 3 online. "This is a voluntary thing," Berger says. "You're not required to have it." While interested players will be able to create an Elite account right inside the game, it won't be a mandatory requirement to play MW3. And again, after signing up for Elite, the paid membership is another option, but not mandatory.

Will the premium Elite membership include all the DLC? There won't be anything not covered?
"Yes, you get all the content," Berger says. "We're not holding anything back. When we say it's all-inclusive, we really mean that. There are no gotchas there, with another DLC pack that we're going to ask you to buy outside of the Elite membership. If you're a member, you get everything."
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People are still going to rant about paying subscription for CoD because they refuse to believe anything that isn't negative but I figured it's good clarification for those who actually aren't blind.
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Wth, so they are making us pay for online in COD or what's up? I've only read the first bit and will read more but whats this "Call of Duty Elite" garbage?

EDIT: Ok that's cool, I see
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Wth, so they are making us pay for online in COD or what's up? I've only read the first bit and will read more but whats this "Call of Duty Elite" garbage?

EDIT: Ok that's cool, I see

CoD Elite is an OPTIONAL free online service for stat tracking and all kinds of community features.
CoD Elite Premium is an OPTIONAL - OPTIONAL paid service that adds even more clan features and all kinds of additional stuff ontop of CoD Elite.
Then there is just standard ingame CoD. You don't even need to sign up for Elite or Elite Premium to play MW3. It's just a community feature outside the game. It's literally a rip off of Bungie, and they make it quite clear too when they mention it like 20x Though the naming scheme is confusing.
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Depending on how many DLC comes out for it this could pay for itself or be close to cheap if they just go for a 5 buck a month thing.
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Still means nothing to 9/10 PC gamers as theres no dedicated servers.

Everyone on PC will be playing BF3
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well still gonna flunk like mw2 no dedi servers, i guess they didnt learn a thing at all
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Everyone on PC will be playing BF3
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Still means nothing to 9/10 PC gamers as theres no dedicated servers.

Everyone on PC will be playing BF3
Pretty much, the only thing left of COD is the crosshair, everything else has been beaten to death with a shovel.

I am glad they are charging subs, hope it dies.
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everything else has been beaten to death with a shovel.


Made me rofl.
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Not going to rant about this at all because I could not care less. Not buying any call of duty games.
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