PC gamers must wait for Elite beta

Console beta forges ahead, but PC hit by delay until autumn
Matthew Turner

July 18, 2011
Call of Duty Black Ops

The Call of Duty Elite beta will not be available to PC gamers until the autumn, according to Activision.

Last Thursday, it was announced by the CoD developer that a beta version of the new service had been released to Xbox 360 users.

However, PC gamers are in for a long wait before they can become a part of the new social and statistics platform.

The PS3 beta is due for release later this summer.

It was Activision’s Social Media Manager, Dan Amrich, who confirmed the news on his blog as he posted a video of the new service.

This will come as a blow to PC gamers who have previously criticised the developers for prioritising the console versions of the series.

What’s more disappointing is the fact that the Call of Duty series made its debut exclusively for the PC back in 2003, a year before they were seen on a console.

New invitations to the Xbox version of the service are being sent out on a daily basis, according to Amrich.

But the chances of receiving one remain slim as over 2.8 million people have registered to take part in this trial period.

Elite is a monthly subscription service designed to provide the avid Call of Duty player with extra exclusive content such as downloadable maps, player stat tools and game guides, plus social features.

Exactly how it will be shaped remains to be seen, but if you can get on board the beta, you might be able to have a hand in its development with your feedback.

Some, however, have already been turned off by the direction Activision is taking here, seeing this as a potential first step to a more slanted pay-to-play online model eventually.


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