The Call of Duty: Elite service has been intermittent ever since it launched alongside Modern Warfare 3 earlier this month, while the service boasts an extensive list of features, many Call of Duty players are having trouble signing up, and those who paid for the Premium package were hit the worst. Luckily, Activision has announced that the service will be up and running to it's full abilities by December 1st.
For those who have not been following the Call of Duty: Elite issues, Activision promised to give all founder members thirty days free to make up for the month of November. Eligibility for Founder Status has also been extended to the 30th of November.
Once the service is finally up and running, perhaps Beachhead will finally have the time to finish off the PC version of Elite. Activision confirmed that it's still coming, but they do not have an estimated date, no doubt because they want to iron out the wrinkles in the console versions first.
"They kind of have to bear with us while we bring this all back up, but for us it's literally 'Give us those couple weeks, we're giving those to you for free and come December 1 the goal is that we'll have everything up and running.'"
Surprisingly enough, even with the issues surrounding Elite, it has definitely been a success for Activision. GameStop has announced that they have sold 600 000 subscriptions for Call of Duty: Elite already. The Elite sales also placed in GameStop's top ten launches for the year 2011. For a DLC subscription, those are some pretty impressive numbers and considering these sales are from just one store chain and do not include digital purchases from PSN/XBLA, it's probably safe to say that the actual number of Elite subscriptions is much larger.
"In the case of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, we worked closely with Activision, Sony and Microsoft to pre-order and deliver nearly 600,000 instances of the Modern Warfare Elite DLC to date. This places the launch of Elite as one of our top 10 launches of the year so far."
With over 20 pieces of DLC planned for Modern Warfare 3, Elite is probably worth the purchase for the Call of Duty faithful as they will receive all future add on content as a paying subscriber.
Call of Duty: Elite is available now on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
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Source: G4, Gamasutra