Call of Duty Elite, Activision’s premium pay-to-use service that offers extensive options to gamers willing to throw even more dollars at the game, is in its death throes as developers struggle to provide the service to PCs. Already collapsing under the weight of its own base of subscribers for consoles, the PC offering is being put on the shelf while Activision struggles to fix what is already live.
Spotty since its inception, the subscription to Elite offers a plethora of cool additions to the beloved multiplayer game play when it’s working. Perks include HD recording options for game play, in-depth multiplayer statistical analysis, and the ability to create and manage clans. For its generous $49.99 price tag, it falls on the consumer to determine whether they want this service integrated directly into the game when plenty of other options to use these same features exist outside of Activison’s bid.
When Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 dropped November 8th, the loyal fan base inadvertently crashed the system in a hilarious twist of irony; so many subscribers attempted to register that the system essentially melted down due to an overload of traffic. Whether there was a lower expectation of subscribers or that the service was not built to handle so many users, gamers were left wondering on launch day that one of the most significant features of the new iteration was dead on arrival.
The PC version of the service remains in question, as the developers aim to fix what is broken at the moment. According to the Call of Duty Elite’s official twitter, “We are working towards a universal Elite experience but we cannot guarantee if or when a version will be available for the PC.” If or when? PC gamers will be left wondering whether or not they will get the service in the coming weeks.