Announced today via Activision, Call of Duty Elite is officially shutting down at the end of the week on February 28th. The service tracked stats for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” and “Call of Duty: Black Ops II.” Elite was already being phased out in favor of the Clan Wars system for “Call of Duty: Ghosts.”
In an FAQ, Activision clarified Elite would not be returning, and the plan was for the current Call of Duty app to replace it.
“There are no plans to bring Call of Duty Elite back. We encourage fans to download the Call of Duty app for Call of Duty: Ghosts, which allows players to customise their multiplayer character and weapons loadouts on the go, keep track of their Call of Duty: Ghosts stats, and features Call of Duty Clan Wars, where players can compete for cool, exclusive in-game gear.”
Elite originally launched in 2011 in free and premium versions, with the latter offering monthly DLC, competitions and more. At one stage the service reportedly had 10 million sign ups, with 2 million paying users. Just before the release of Black Ops II, however, Activision voiced its intent to make the service completely free and instead offer map packs separately.