NEWS - Monday, July 4, 2011

CoD XP Convention to Unveil MW3s Multiplayer

We have QuakeCon, BlizzCon, and now we have what amounts to Call of Duty Con. Activision has announced the very first ever Call of Duty XP, a two-day event being held in September where more than 6,000 fans will be able to celebrate Activision’s first-person shooter series.
 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer mode will make its world premiere at the event, as will the full slate of Call of Duty Elite functionality. Activision has been unwilling to share everything Elite will offer because it’s so closely tied in with MW3’s multiplayer. Elite will be shown off prior to XP to some extent as a beta is set to go live on July 14.
Attendees will be able to try out both the new multiplayer and Spec Ops modes for themselves as well as compete in a $1 million tournament (qualifying will take place in Black Ops prior to the event, with select qualifications taking place at the event itself), and check out real-life recreations of several Modern Warfare 2 levels/areas including Burger Town (which will serve lunch), The Pit (where you can try to set a top time on a real-life course), and Scrapyard (home to paintball tournaments). There will also be developer panels, "AAA" live entertainment, a Call of Duty armory and museum, and more.
This will all take place on a 12-acre compound in Los Angeles during Labor Day weekend, September 2 and 3. Those who can’t attend will be able to follow along with videos and other media both on TV and online for free; there won’t be any fee, as there is to watch BlizzCon coverage on DirecTV.
"From the high production values of our live, immersive events -- all the way to the smallest details in every design and activity -- we’re pulling out all the stops to make Call of Duty XP the ultimate gathering for the global community of Call of Duty fans," said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg. "The celebration will immerse attendees in a Call of Duty experience unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. Over the course of two days, gamers can trade Call of Duty war stories, experience the official unveiling of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer and the full feature functionality of Call of Duty Elite, as well as enjoy world-class entertainment and compete head-to-head for some serious cash prizes."
Tickets will go on sale July 19 for $150. Pricey as that may sound, 100% of ticket sales will go the Call of Duty Endowment non-profit group which "helps soldiers transition to civilian careers after their military service." According to Hirshberg, XP would have cost Activision more than it could have raised from ticket sales "so this is partly about raising money for a great cause, and it’s partly about just giving something back to our fans."
The event is entirely devoted to Call of Duty, so there’s no need to worry about being subjected to advertisements for any other Activision titles. You can expect to see Xbox 360 being heavily marketed; it’s the event’s top sponsor.



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