Hey, remember Call of Duty Elite? You don’t? That’s OK – we’re not going to hold it against you. Back in 2011, to coincide with the release of Modern Warfare 3, Activision unveiled a stat-tracking service that doubled as a DLC vehicle for the multiplayer aspects of Call of Duty. Back then it was touted as being a BIG deal. The service was also available for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, but in October of 2013, Activision announced plans to phase out Elite.
That phase out happens tomorrow; although it’s not so much a “phasing out” as it is a “right, we’re done here; flip the switch and turn off the lights.” So from tomorrow, 28 February 2014, the online service Call of Duty Elite will be finished and shut down.
Activision has released a brief FAQ to cover most of the questions that this shutdown will bring. Clan support (as well as any clan medals won) will be gone. If you were a “Founding Member” of Elite and you paid for your annual subscription to the service, then you get to keep your Founding Member badge for future Call of Duty games.
A lot of the service’s core functionality has been ported over to a new app imaginatively called the Call of Duty app. A lot of Elite’s clan functionality as well stat tracking and weapon loadout customisation has been carried across to this app, which is a free download via whatever cell phone store it is that you have access to. Alternatively you can find the app here, but those of you who were up to the hilt in Elite’s services have likely migrated over to the app already.
If you’re feeling vulnerable, alone, and uncertain as a result of this sudden shutdown, then be sure to read Activision’s FAQ.