Video game publisher Activision Blizzard and the development teams at Infinity Ward and Beachhead, which have been working on the Call of Duty Elite service, have announced that the beta stage for it will no longer be launched on the PC.
This means that those who are interested in getting a sneak peek at Elite will need to do so on the Xbox 360 from Microsoft and on the PlayStation 3 from Sony.
Reading the Frequently Asked Questions document for Elite beta shows that, “Currently, we do not plan to launch a version of the beta for the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops.”
The explanation for the platforms chosen hinges on two elements, “First, in order to better manage the beta and reduce variables we are launching with one platform as we begin our testing. Second, due to the past outage of the PSN we have not had as much time to internally develop and test the online functionality of Call of Duty Elite with PSN. It is important that we have thoroughly QA tested functionality before releasing to a public beta phase.”
The beta for Elite is being rolled out slowly, which means that only a small number of those on the Xbox 360 who will eventually have access are in now.
Activision Blizzard has also not said exactly when the PlayStation 3 based version of Elite is introduced.
Gamers have already been complaining about not being able to get and use the beta of Elite, prompting Dam Amrich, an executive from Activision, to say on Twitter: “Remember when it was horrible and nobody was gonna use it? And now, it's horrible because some people can't use it today.”
Elite will be a paid service which will enhance the multiplayer experience of those who use it and will be launched at the same time as the new first-person shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.