If you’re a Call of Duty fan then you probably already know all about the Call of Duty Elite subscription service that will be launching later this year alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Just to recap, it’s a rather broad social media-fication of the popular first-person shooter series. All Duty players will be able to access a detailed array of personal stats and link up with friends, while those who subscribe for an as-yet-undecided monthly fee will also have access to a few additional bonuses, such as clans and tournament play. As we learn today, they’ll also be able to keep up with an upcoming Call of Duty web series.
Activision hasn’t offered up much in the way of detail yet, but the Guardian reports via CEO Eric Hirshberg that the plan is to engage “top Hollywood talent to create linear content that will be exclusive to Elite members.” The plan for now is to simply plant the seeds, but not reveal anything substantive until there’s actually something to show. It remains unclear what form the series will take (i.e. live action, animation, etc.) and what types of talents Activision is looking to tap for the project.
While the actual service won’t be launching until November, alongside this year’s Call of Duty release, players will be able to get their first taste in a beta to be staged this summer. The beta will integrate with last year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, but not to the extent that the full offering will with Modern Warfare 3 and those that follow it. The web content almost certainly won’t be a part of the beta, but hopefully we’ll hear more about it between now and then. If you’re interested in participating in the beta, there’s a sign-up page on the soon-to-launch service’s official website.