Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 screenshot
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 screenshot

Hardcore Call of Duty fans won't hesitate to subscribe to the recently announced Elite's premium subscription option.

That's according to Jamie Berger, Activision's vice president of digital for Call of Duty. Speaking in an interview with, he said "when the players see the value, they just go 'it's a no-brainer'."

But Berger is keen to stress that users need to see the service in context before making snap judgements about the product. "We want to make sure [players] see everything in context, right. Obviously we understand people are going to hear premium and go 'woah that makes me nervous, what does that mean?'"

Call of Duty Elite is launching with Modern Warfare 3 on November 8. It contains both free and premium features, with a price for the latter remaining under wraps until the summer. went hands-on with the service last week and detailed what potential subscribers will be getting for their money.

Berger is also keen to stress that he doesn't expect people to commit their credit card details to the service based on name alone. "[Call of Duty: Elite] has to earn it," Berger said. "It has to be something that, when you look at everything we're offering and when you look at the price - if you're the type of gamer that this is of interest to, you should go 'this is a no-brainer'."

But what if you only play Call of Duty online for a couple of hours a month, and are miles off the 170 hours the average player invests. "If you're not that guy? If you only play 20-30 hours a year, and you're just not really that intense and you go 'I don't really need that' then you don't have to get it."

It's important to Activision for the service to offer that choice - free or premium - to its users. "That's, to us, the really important thing. That's part of the reason DLC is part of it, because we wanted people to say 'oh okay, now I don't have to get another thing - this is just like everything all at once combined."

"For millions and millions of our really loyal guys, that's what they're looking for."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launches on November 8 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. saw Modern Warfare 3 in action last week and has detailed the Manhattan level and the London underground tube chase.

Modern Warfare 2 was's Game of the Year 2009. Find out why by reading our 10/10 Modern Warfare 2 review.

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xboxlive's Avatar


Not for me sorry,Ive had my days in clans etc etc.
Posted 09:02 on 03 June 2011
enviro-bear's Avatar

enviro-bear@ LiaamDude

Your use of the term "we have to" is crazy. Cod ships with far more MP maps than your average game and activision have already stated that COD elite is only really intended for the hardcore which I'm guessing you're not.

The simple fact of the matter is that your average COD actually ship with FAR more content than your average FPS.
Posted 23:13 on 31 May 2011
LiaamDude's Avatar


So we have to pay for the actual game.
We then have to pay a third of the games price for a map pack.
and then we have the option to spend even more money on a rockstar social club/bungie style community with a few extra tit bits added in.

What a way to rob people of their money.
Posted 22:01 on 31 May 2011
dudester's Avatar


can safely say this is not for me
Posted 21:26 on 31 May 2011
draytone's Avatar


If its anything over a few pound then I won't be subscribing. I'm not rich and can't afford to pay for a game and then afford to look at my poor stats.
Posted 14:57 on 31 May 2011
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Yea but with WoW you get to play a game for that price, i really do hope it's just a few quid, anything else would be utter extortion.
Posted 14:51 on 31 May 2011

Neon-Soldier32@ enviro-bear

Fair enough. Well, probably £8, rather than £10 - WoW is about £8 per month and I'd say CoD probably has a bigger install base than WoW
Posted 14:43 on 31 May 2011
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enviro-bear@ Neon-Soldier32

Who said anything about £120 a year?
and also Quote:
subscribers get the map packs included for free
From Martins other article.
Posted 14:30 on 31 May 2011


Okay, well we can all look forward to the article of the first months takings of Elite, which won't be accurate as it will be the month where people are curious so will probably pay the £10 extra anyway.

However, what I have a problem with is, when they release, say the Escalation map pack next year for 1200 mp, will that be included in the Elite subscription or will even they have to buy that too, for some Bullsiht PR reason of, 'We want to make it available to all our customers.'

This seems a lot like what Bad Company did with the online pass. Sure, multiplayer worked without it, but the experience was severly tarnished. Less maps, less modes etc. And you could still buy the 'premium' DLC for a reasonable price, which weren't just maps, but expansions (Veitnam). And with BC2's online pass, I felt that there was enough added on content. However, for my £10 a month Activision are going to have to add a lot of content each month and not just new player skins. New maps, weapons and modes.

/Anti Call of Duty rant over.
Posted 14:17 on 31 May 2011

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