Don’t say we didn’t tell you so.  Pay to play shooters are more real than you know.  In fact, it looks as if Call of Duty will be the first franchise to take the leap.

Activision is getting set to launch Call of Duty Elite.  A paid online service that will launch alongside Modern Warfare 3 and will work with Black Ops as well.

According to the Wall Street Journal (where I always go for Gaming news…)

Activision plans to charge a monthly subscription fee for the service, which will provide extra content that isn’t offered on game discs sold in stores, including downloadable map packs that give players new “Call of Duty” levels to play.

So, you will still be able to play all the regular features of CoD if you buy retail, but you will only be able to rock out on all the extra content if you are… wait for it… ELITE.

Thanks to this handy dandy and extremely annoying video presentation, we now know a few more things about CoD Elite:

  • You will be able to form groups
  • You will be able to form clans
  • You will be able to share films
  • It will be useable on tablets and smart phones
  • It works with Black Ops
  • You can create groups based on anything… like common allergies to Peanuts…
  • There will be continuous live feeds and intel streaming
  • It will allow for and facilitate league play
  • It will have a program guide
  • It will have a theater feature
  • It willbe integrated with social networking services like Facebook and YouTube

It’s not yet cemented what parts of this service will be free and which will be paid, but the bare bones Elite experience will be free for all.  This is according to Infinity Ward‘s Robert Bowling:

Stay tuned for more as this story unfolds at E3 2011.