Fighting fit online
Call Of Duty is about to get a new online component. Switched On chats to Beachhead Studios head Chacko Sonny about Activision’s new social networking service, Call of Duty: Elite.
Take a snap of this image using the WiMo app for iPhone or Android to see Modern Warfare 3 in action. Even though there’s a new Call of Duty game released each year, a large number of people continue to play the previous games. So rather than fragment the community, we decided to build a service that unified the players of all the Call of Duty games moving forward, and give them an easy way to interact. I can’t talk about specific differences right now, but the free version of Elite will feature a substantial amount of the services and features that will be present in the Premium offering. Yes. If you link your Elite identity to your Facebook profile, then you’ll be able to import friends who also have linked their profiles to the game. So when you go to play Elite, you might be surprised by a few closet Call of Duty players in your Facebook friends list!
Howdid Elite come about? What will be the difference between the free service and the fee-based Premium service? Will there be much integration with existing social networks such as Facebook and Twitter? Will the service be tailored to different regions in the world, specifically Australia?
Yes. Competition prizes will be sourced and provided locally for Australians. We’ll also be able to tailor specific groups and challenges to local events. So, during the NBA playoffs in the US, we might run some contests where Lakers fans take on Knicks fans, and so we could do something similar with a local sport such as rugby in Australia.