Call of Duty: Elite is a free/subscription-based service created by Beachhead Studios for the multiplayer of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, and all future games in the series.

Activision initially revealed their new online service named Call of Duty Elite during E3 2011.

The subscription based portion of Elite is priced at $49.99 USD (£35.99 GBP) per year for all the free features including exclusive premium features such as:

  • Monthly downloadable content,
  • daily competitions with virtual and real life prizes,
  • the ability to level up your clan,
  • pro analysis and strategies,
  • Elite TV, and more.

Elite will give you more than ever before without taking anything away. If you decide not to apply for the free or premium membership for Elite, you will still get the same “out of the box” experience that you expect: a great single player campaign, co-op missions, and the deepest and most accessible multiplayer anywhere. All at no additional cost.

ELITE 2.0: In the company’s quarterly financial statement, Activision stated that they are already “hard at work on Elite 2.0 with several innovative features being developed to work hand in hand with [the] NEXT Call of Duty release.” 

Read the complete FAQ here and take a look at Joystiq‘s article for a Q&A with Activision. In-depth information can be found on the Official Call of Duty Elite website.