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-MD-1380d ago

After all the idiots already paid for it, I love it. Keep falling for those Activision scams, folks.

nrvalleytime1379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

Scams? Not really - a change prompted by recognizing market variability and needs isn't so much a scam as a company admitting and changing its business for the biggest profit. They're out for money, and making this free makes more people buy the game (outweighing those who might pay for a basic service that other games include at purchase).

I feel bad for the Elite members who have bought it for earlier games, but - to be fair - they did enjoy it for some time before this announcement.

Needless to say - this is how the game should have always been offered, but better late than never.

jetlian1379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

it doesnt effect them.they still get the maps. I think the real reason they changed it is maps sales were down.

say 360 elite got maps in jan then ps3 elite and regular 360 in feb. PS3 regular users didnt get maps till march which was 2 months behind.

By then regular ps3 users went 5 months without new maps which is way to long for fps.So sale were down on that end

So now they just making it a season pass hoping to make more upfront and overall. And by overall I dont know about anyone else but I have a tendency to only get 2 of the 4 map packs.

the season pass makes it hard to buy 2 for 30 when 20 bucks more gets me 2 more map packs

irepbtown1379d ago

The only COD i bought maps for was COD4. MW2 I borrowed my friends account downloaded it from him. Black ops, sold in a week. MW3, only borrowed from cousin.

I will get Black ops 2, however I doubt I'll get DLC (unless the DLC is worth it). COD4 was/is just too good, until they release something of that class I dont think I'll spend anything extra. I know Activision have got it in them to release a game as good as COD4.

Question is, will it be this Gen or the next...

Rebo001379d ago

Let's hope you don't say you play on Xbox Live :-)

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GraveLord1379d ago

Idiots? If you were planning on buying all MW3 DLC, getting the Elite premium was the smartest thing you could have done. You save yourself $20 on DLC.

Anyway, I have an idea of why the "Elite Drops" and going away.....with MW3 I noticed a much smaller presence on Playstation Network for the DLC.(since most people got their DLC from COD elite monthly drops.) I assume it was the same for Xbox Live.

Army_of_Darkness1379d ago

It could be because Not much people subscribed to it and was just a waste of space.

stage881379d ago

Absolutely this. MW3 was garbage and when people realised that they didn't drop money for the DLC. I do feel sorry for all those that were suckered into elite though but now you know not to fall for cheap tricks again.

On another note, I'm actually looking forward to BO2.

Psycho_Mantis1379d ago

Im sure Bobby Kotock at Act. HQ is laughing himself to death on a stack of gamers monies right about now.

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DeadlyFire1379d ago

Why buy map packs at $15 bucks a piece. My wallet waits for $5 bucks a piece.

I see no reason to pay $120 bucks for a game + DLC.

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Kohven1379d ago

Agreed. They should've taken notes from Battlefield 3...just sayin'...

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Cajun Chicken1379d ago

Hmm, Elite community features free but DLC not included? Interesting trade off.

The Meerkat1379d ago

Halo has done this for years, maybe that's the reason for their change of heart.

nrvalleytime1379d ago

Exactly. Make the community and base game excellent, and people will have an easier time supporting DLC. I never understood how Call of Duty got away with removing features other games included out of package.

Oschino19071379d ago (Edited 1379d ago )

@nrvalleytime - "I never understood how Call of Duty got away with removing features other games included out of package."

Care to provide some examples of this because in most cases I notice COD offers much more then many other games upon release straight out of the box.

And while I am at it what is this supposed to even mean, "Make the community and base game excellent, and people will have an easier time supporting the DLC.".

BTW not sure if you know or not as you don't seem to provide a clear understanding in either of your posts. COD Elite was/is a FREE service that provided the same if not more then pretty much any other similar service.

Elite Premium gave you all the DLC and early, video guides to every map (including dlc) and weapon, more indepth clan features, Elite TV, chances to enter daily competitions that often featured actual prizes.

Outside of the DLC, which is what the article is stating, I don't know of many other games that offer some of those things at all let alone all of them together or as indepth for FREE.

humbleopinion1379d ago

@Oschino1907
I think that by "other games" he simply means Halo.

princeofthabay1379d ago

$50 for a season pass? I think I'll pass.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1379d ago

Good for them not to gimp everyone and change this up. Treyarch>IW.

Can't tell you how sucky it is for people in my clan not having paid Elite, and they don't get their stats counted with ours in Clan Challenges. I will miss getting maps early, but whatever. It kinda alienated the COD base.

I applaud they Treyarch! Good job.

cyclonus0071379d ago

This was an Activision decision. Treyarch has no final decision on this matter. If the maps were now free, that would be groundbreaking but this is just lip service.

And IW has been dead since MW2. The IW that made MW3 is a lifeless husk, a shadow if its former self.

R.I.P.

CerebralAssassin1379d ago

And bringing up MW3 had to do with... What exactly? And if they gave out free dlc we would see 1-2 maps tops and the life of your game would be cut in half. You would trade it before the year is out. The point of DLC is to keep your game relivant and to refresh it. In order to do that you need people. In order to get people you need to pay them. Hence paid dlc.

cyclonus0071379d ago

I brought up MW3 because Treyarch was always considered inferior to IW before MW2. Now that the IW talent is gone, everyone loves Treyarch CoDs. I don't hate Treyarch but they get too much credit for otherwise mediocre work.

And I wasn't knocking paid DLC. It's just Activision is making a big deal about Elite being free when all they did was cut out the part of Elite that people really wanted: the map packs and early access to those map packs. Activision knows they can't charge for just stat tracking. Elite would have been a dismal failure if they had tried. It would also fail as a paid service without the maps so they might as well give it away and go the Season Pass route.

ZoyosJD1379d ago

I thought the setup was strange anyway. Clans were split just because certain members didn't pay upfront. Paying just to have your stats compiled is practically useless anyways. And timed releases just alienates part of your user base

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