Sunday, September 18 2011 @ 11:59 PM BST
Is the CoD Elite Premium membership really for free when you buy the Modern Warfare 3 Hardened edition ?
No. It isn't.
What they did, is using one of the oldest tricks from the Retail bible.
That's manipulating your loyal buyers into buying a similar product but for a higher price. Huh ???
Yes, by adding extra (expensive ? No, not really.) products and then asking a higher price for the set.
Why do they do this ?
What was the price of CoD: Black Ops Hardened ? It was $79.99. And of Modern Warfare 2 ? Again: $79.99.
So Modern Warfare 3 Hardened edition costs only $99.99 And by now you think you only pay 20 dollars extra for Elite Premium membership with DLC.
Is it worth it ?
We all know most of CoD Elite is just an other "service" with the same things we get for free from third party organisations or other game publishers.
And many of us already paid for extra maps (DLC) in the past.
But did you know that it only costs a few thousand dollars to make one map. And 1.4 million copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops' "First Strike" map pack were sold in the first 24 hours on Xbox Live. That's $21 million in gross revenue in a single day and for one platform only.
Being a CoD Elite Premium member means you can download all MW3 DLC for free.
Free ? No, not free. You paid for the CoD Elite Premium.
And off course they won't tell your this, but because of the MW3 Hardened "bargain" Activision can start off the CoD Elite Project with far more Premium members than with only a "few" volunteering One-Year subscribers. So adding a Premium subscription to the Hardened edition really helps ACTIVISION to take the first big hurdle of having enough people actually using the paid service on day one. Plus... it also reduces the chance on "to much negative publicity"; there is always less complaining when something is "for free or you got it cheap.. "
With a successful start of CoD Elite, Activision is one step closer to the subscription service they have in mind.
Enjoy the free "Beta". Take the bait (-a) and they reel you in...
Everyone, that´s Console and PC gamers, will have to pay 100 dollars for the complete MW3 game (with Premium DLC).
PC gamers pay 50 for the game and 50 for Premium = 100 dollar
Hardened Edition for Console is game and Premium = 100 dollar
Standard Xbox version plus Premium DLC = 100 dollar
Standard PS3 version is slightly higher priced.
Update Sept 23 : Gamestop US has now started with selling Premium subscriptions.
Keep in mind that CoD Elite Premium is set on $49.99 DOLLARS.
Normally this would be € 37,12 or £ 32,55 for Europe.
But it seems Activision wants to charge the Europeans more. Like the US buyers already pay less for the MW3 game.
So what the CoD Elite Premium will cost in Europe is still unknown.
(Australians have to pay 4000 Microsoft points for it. You can buy these MS points with a discount, for $47, something at Amazon. )
So the MW3 Hardened Edition comes with a FREE metal box and booklet.
Activision won't tell what the exact content of the MW3 DLC will be. They just say: 20 pieces. It can be 15 maps and other stuff.