Activision's official blogger, Dan "One of Swords" Amrich, reports that the beta of Call of Duty Elite will take place this summer. Previous reports indicated that the beta for the PC version wouldn't launch until the fall, but he clarified any confusion by stating that console owners can get an early glimpse this summer via the beta, but PC gamers will have to wait until the service goes live on November 8.
"There’s still time to sign up for the Call of Duty Elite beta yourself. PC players will have to wait until Elite’s November launch to try it out, but if you’re a 360 or PS3 owner, you can still get involved this summer," he said. "Check out the official FAQ for more questions. I have some info on how the beta logistics will work, too."
Call of Duty Elite will launch alongside Modern Warfare 3 in November, but the beta scheduled to run this summer will reportedly work with Call of Duty: Black Ops. "This [will be] a new digital platform where Call of Duty goes social," Marcus wrote in his hands-on back in May. "We're not talking about social like Facebook or Twitter, though there are some interesting elements in how Elite will be able to get Call of Duty players to gather and group together."
Elite will arrive in two flavors: free and premium. The free version will include numerous features including access through Android and iOS apps, stat tracking and sharing, custom leaderboard creation, weapons performance analysis, video uploading and sharing, clan creation, match-by-match performance analysis and more. Additionally, Call of Duty Elite – the service and interface – is written entirely in HTML5, meaning that it should run in most desktop and mobile web browsers.
"Many [console] gamers will be able to join the Call of Duty Elite beta and test the service out for themselves over the coming weeks, and I know a lot of people are impatiently refreshing their mailboxes right now waiting for an invite," Amrich said.