Can't seem to find anything on Activision or any sort of reputable gaming site (recent articles that is) about the pay for play multiplayer. Is this still true, or am I just being a noob and/or will get flamed for not knowing something that there sin't a whole lot of reputable articles about?
There is no pay for play. COD Elite is a $50 a year service that allows users of it to get special weapons, DLC, and access to prizes in tournaments. If you purchase a game, you can go online and play just as you did with every previous release. Google Call Of Duty Elite for a more precise explanation.
The Hardened Edition includes 1 year of Elite for $40 more than the regular $59.99 standard edition.
Like gadget said, COD Elite Premium is an optional service that gives you all the DLC earlier and for free. Note that there's two types, regular call of duty elite that everybody has (which is free) and the premium service. More info can be found here: http://www.callofduty.com/elite/whats-included.html
Hey guys! Thanks for the clarification! I'm still not sure if it's worth it compared to Battlefield 3, but the multiplayer is definitely less of an issue now, that's for sure. I was wondering why the Hardened is $20 more than usual. Thank again! Looks like I've got some deciding to do..
Yeah really only if you are one of those that buys all the dlc. If not spreading out the extra cost between the map packs is not too bad though they are still expensive (just the norm though). I also think Elite Prem members get them early, though I could be wrong. The free Elite is just fine imo if you don't necessarily want all the dlc.
Gadget Fanatic - are you sure about special weapons? I think it may just be unique camos for your guns?
One thing I do like about CoD's MP is that even if you don't buy dlc you don't feel alienated to specific playlists and that you have to buy them just to get in a game. The integration of players that don't have dlc seems to work pretty well.
hoju, couldn't agree more. Elite was intended to benefit only the hardcore gamers, not the casuals. If your not going to compete in tournaments, don't need early access to DLC, and don't intend to buy all the map packs then there is no need to spend the $40 extra now. My guess is there will be 4 DLC's made available (they said there will be a 20 pieces of maps, game modes, and avatar items) each priced at 1200 msp ($15). If you plan on buying more than 2 of the DLCs then it would be worthwhile to purchase the hardened edition now.