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Call of Duty Elite Beta Commences Today

The new Call of Duty Elite invite-only beta multi-player service is gearing up for deployment today.

The beta program is going live from pretty much, now. Announced at the start of the June, the beta testing will begin on Xbox 360 platform today, to be tested with Call of Duty: Black Ops and Xbox LIVE. Beta will be rolled out in phases with limited invitations in the coming weeks.

The whole purpose of the Beta is to get Call of Duty Elite up and operational for when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 touches down on November 8th. With 2.8 million gamers already registered to participate in the beta, I think its safe to say Call of Duty Elite is going to get a thorough workout.

“Call of Duty Elite is all about connecting our amazing fans around the globe in ways never before possible and we are excited to get their feedback so they can help us further develop, tune and test the service, as we head into our launch in November with Modern Warfare 3,” says Chacko Sonny, Studio Head, Beachhead Studio. “A public beta with the massive Call of Duty community is the best way to generate the scale we need for end-to-end testing.  While Call of Duty Elite will continue to evolve post-launch, we want to deliver the most polished, complete and rigorously tested service possible on day one.  We’re looking to get as many participants in the beta as possible, so we ask that fans stay patient as we ramp up in the coming weeks.”

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The integration of Call of Duty Elite is to improve the overall Call of Duty experience with Activision targeting three major areas:

  • Connect: Call of Duty Elite gives players unprecedented control over their multiplayer experience. This is a true social gaming platform. Players can compete against friends, gamers of similar skill levels or interests, join groups and clans, and play in organized competitions. They can also track the performance, progress and activity of their personal network, both in the game itself as well as via custom mobile apps for iPhone, iPad and Android smart phones, tablets and on the web.
  • Compete: Call of Duty Elite hosts events and competitions for players of all skill levels on a regular basis; both in-game and real-world prizes will be awarded across the Call of Duty Elite player roster when the service goes live on November 8th.
  • Improve: Call of Duty Elite is ground zero for anyone who wants to improve their in-game skills. It dynamically tracks player statistics and performance down to the finest detail. It can show gamers how they compare to their friends or other players community-wide. The user-friendly tools and data will give gamers the insights they need to up their kill/death ratio in no time.

Features to get a work through during beta including functionality, stat tracking, the use of custom player groups, competitive events and video sharing.

Call of Duty Elite will be officially launching alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on November 8th to provide gamers an “always-on” communication to the service. Users will be able to get a Call of Duty fix even away from a console or PC with mobile, tablet and web access in, and out of the game itself.

Organise match time with friends, change weapons, get new gameplay strategies whether at work, home or in transit. You’ll never need to be without Call of Duty anymore. Receive top content via member exclusive entertainment programs by leading Hollywood talent exclusively for the CoD community.

For the hardcore fans, a premium member service with access to DLC, themed content and new maps for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is also available, for a price that is.

With a focus on clan and competition for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, there’s never been more content, access and support for a CoD title.

Beta registration is still available via www.callofduty.com/elite but be quick as it won’t be open forever. For more information and updates (like when the heck is PlayStation 3 beta going to launch?), head over to the Official Call of Duty Elite Facebook and Twitter @CallofDutyElite.

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