It’s safe to say that Activision is turning the act of leaking information into an artform, but you won’t hear us complaining. We’ve only just discovered that Modern Warfare 3 will be seeing the official roll-out of Activision’s subscription-based online service Call of Duty Elite, and now a trailer explaining the various feaures and online integration has arrived to shed even more light on the subject.

There’s no question that Activision bringing subscriptions to Modern Warfare 3 is going to be an upsetting announcement to many fans who have been enjoying everything that Call of Duty has to offer for free, but we recommend seeing what the service has to offer before deciding.

The team behind the next CoD has claimed that MW3 would be setting a new standard, and without a brand new engine or other groundbreaking feature, it seems that Call of Duty Elite is how they plan to reshape the landscape.

Many of the features are likely to seem familiar to fans of other shooters and competitive titles like Halo, or a myriad selection of titles offered through Steam, Activision’s new service will have two tiers, one for free which contains your stat-tracking and other stuff you’re used to and a pay-service which gives players access to all map packs, added content, etc. and other features that remain unclear.

Take a look at the trailer for Call of Duty Elite to see all of the features for yourself,  and keep your eyes peeled at the end for a bonus look at Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer:

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There’s no question that the features offered are good to have, but it would be a fair criticism to say that as the most successful video game franchise on the planet, Call of Duty should have been offering this a long time ago. Dedicated fans willing to shell out $15 for a few new maps, and lining up to help the publisher achieve record-breaking profits seem like the kind of customers who should be getting the best features that their $60 can buy.

If all of these features – not some, as the trailer suggests – were going to be made available to buyers of Modern Warfare 3, then we might agree that the game was bringing a new standard for console multiplayer. But by offering them as a premium service, Activision should prepare to face accusations of charging for a service that should be included.

The face-off between MW3 and Battlefield 3 is already set to be a good one, and while Activision and Infinity Ward may see Elite as an ace up their sleeve, it could be an opportunity for DICE. If the comapny with the stronger background in PC gaming brings most if not all of these features to consoles for free, they would automatically receive a significant boost in public support. We don’t know if that’s the case, but if it is, November should be interesting.

What are your thoughts on the offerings for Elite? Do you think there may be enough features here to justify an extra charge, or are these features and systems that you think should have been implemented years ago? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty Elite are going to be arriving on the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on November 8.

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