Fight­ing fit on­line

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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.

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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.

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