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Sorry, No Call of Duty Elite PC Beta After All

By - Source: Dan Amrich | B 41 comments

Despite reports of a PC beta this Fall, desktop and laptop gamers won't get an Elite taste until the service goes live in November.

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.

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    Anonymous , July 19, 2011 7:10 AM
    BF3 will have all of my attention just as BC2 did. Not interested in rehash.
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    fyasko , July 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    they are putting lipstick on a pig.
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    eddieroolz , July 19, 2011 7:22 AM
    Not like its much of a loss anyway; CoD was over at 4.
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  • 21 Hide
    fyasko , July 19, 2011 6:44 AM
    they are putting lipstick on a pig.
  • 24 Hide
    Anonymous , July 19, 2011 7:10 AM
    BF3 will have all of my attention just as BC2 did. Not interested in rehash.
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    eddieroolz , July 19, 2011 7:22 AM
    Not like its much of a loss anyway; CoD was over at 4.
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    alhanelem , July 19, 2011 7:27 AM
    This is good news! There's also a mistake in the title...
    it should be: "YAY!!!, No Call of Duty Elite PC Beta After All!
  • 13 Hide
    theshonen8899 , July 19, 2011 8:13 AM
    We don't want it.
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    RabidFace , July 19, 2011 9:00 AM
    You people realize that Call of Duty Elite is not a game right? Thought I would throw this out there for the people that thought it was :) 
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    shin0bi272 , July 19, 2011 11:18 AM
    lol who cares!? I'll go play black ops and it'll be the same thing just different levels. why? They havent updated their game engine since 2005! Yeah that's right 2005! Their excuse? "it takes a long time to develop a new game engine and perfect it"... so they'd rather suck you dry 60 bucks at a time with games that are almost identical to the one the year before and call it something cool sounding so you still buy it.
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    idono , July 19, 2011 11:33 AM
    Dont forget that CoD is becoming increasingly easier by every iteration. Soon you wont need to aim. All you need to do is press a button and the game will play it self.

    Ps. PC gets the shaft again. Activision will fall behind in the loop wich is a thumbs up in my book!
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    makaveli316 , July 19, 2011 12:20 PM
    Call of Duty goes social??
    Useless rubbish for people with no social life at all.
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    sunflier , July 19, 2011 12:40 PM
    If AMD and Nvidia want to stay in the high-end graphics market they really need to be greasing game developer's wheels. They need to be pushing them to never give up on the PC market. If pirating is the concern, then solve it. If all game devs stopped making games for PCs today there wouldn't really be a need to build robust graphics cards. AMD/Nvidia stand to lose a lot. I would even throw in CPU and mobo mankers too. They all stand to lose a lot if game consoles are the only gaming outlet.

    Sure AMD/Intel can put their cards in consoles but consoles are updated only every couple years or so. Plus, a console is a flat price where individual graphics cards are priced based on models and some are more expensive than a console itself.
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    cloakster , July 19, 2011 3:03 PM
    They have already given up battling BF3 on the PC :p 
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    alyon , July 19, 2011 3:26 PM
    And the problem is where? Just give me diablo 3, planetside 2, BF 3, and some fillers and I will be happy as a hog rolling in mud.
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    verbalizer , July 19, 2011 3:27 PM
    MEH anyways..
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    srk7 , July 19, 2011 3:41 PM
    the game doesnt take much skill anyways...
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , July 19, 2011 5:14 PM
    EddieroolzNot like its much of a loss anyway; CoD was over at 4.

    It was over after 2 IMO
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    cuecuemore , July 19, 2011 5:38 PM
    I view this as a relief, a bit of redemption for our beloved platform.
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    Yagame , July 19, 2011 5:47 PM
    I thought they used the Unreal 3 engine. Anywho, a new version of Unreal put out screen shots a few months back. Perhaps the latest game will take advantage of the latest engine.
    idonoDont forget that CoD is becoming increasingly easier by every iteration. Soon you wont need to aim. All you need to do is press a button and the game will play it self.Ps. PC gets the shaft again. Activision will fall behind in the loop wich is a thumbs up in my book!

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    Ragnar-Kon , July 19, 2011 6:11 PM
    This must of been what that email was about that I ignored. Was invited to the elite beta way back, even though I think it s a poor idea.
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    eklipz330 , July 19, 2011 6:17 PM
    darn, i was so excited to pay for this. now activision doesn't want my money!

    seriously, this franchise is taking really long to die.
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    cburke82 , July 19, 2011 6:38 PM
    I was reading this article getting mad that the PC was getting the shaft again and then suddenly remembered that I dont give a f about this game lol. I got BC2 for $5 n steam and CODBO is still $50 lol
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