It's already been quite a week for Call of Duty. Modern Warfare 3 launched with record breaking pre-orders and day one shipments, while Black Ops emerged as the best selling game of 2011 (so far). But it hasn't all been sunshine and lollipops for Call of Duty's caretakers. Specifically, there have been problems with Call of Duty: Elite from the moment Modern Warfare 3 went on sale.
Players have been frustrated in their efforts to register for Call of Duty: Elite, a minor (if annoying) inconvenience for free members, but a more pressing concern for premium members, if only because of the expensive involved. The Call of Duty: Elite team has been working hard to get the service operational (the status page indicates that it is "intermittent" presently), and have posted an update on the situation that includes how it will he handled for premium members.
"At launch, our registration and login systems were crushed by gamers trying to enter the Elite site at the same time. We have now fixed the registration and login systems, but we have found that the greater than expected demand is crashing servers. We’re immediately deploying multiple additional servers to beef up the system. We are also going to temporarily limit access to Elite services on both the console applications and website while we build additional capacity and scale. We’ll look to increase access to greater numbers of users as soon as possible."
"And for our premium members who are Founders, know that granting your status and delivering your in-game benefits in MW3 is a priority. Also, to ensure that every premium member receives their full money’s worth, we are immediately and automatically extending your membership to Call of Duty Elite by 30 days at no additional cost. If you’re still considering becoming a premium member, we’re going to extend Founder eligibility until the end of the month, and you will also receive the additional 30 days of access."
Thirty free days as compensation for a few days of intermittent service? Sounds fair enough. Furthermore, the Elite team would once again like to reassure players that all Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops career data is safe, and will be accessible once the registration issues have been fully hammered out.
Ranters, are you surprised by how long it's taking to get Call of Duty: Elite back to operational status? Do you think 30 free days is appropriate compensation for paid members? Let us know in the comments below.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is available now for the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS, and PC.
Call of Duty: Elite is available now for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.
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Source: Call of Duty: Elite