This past weekend saw the masses descend upon Los Angeles for the Call of Duty XP event where eight teams won a share of the $1 million prize fund. The battle royale started with 32 teams pitted against each other with the aim of winning the first place prize of $400,000 in the grand finale on Saturday night. The final saw US team, OpTic Gaming in a face off against UK team Infinity to win the grand prize.
As well as the tournament, there was a plethora of onsite activities to keep the crowds amused throughout the weekend:
• A once-in-a-lifetime chance to paintball firefight across a life-size replica of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2′s Scrapyard level.
• The opportunity to speed-run the infamous Modern Warfare® 2 The Pit training sequence, for real.
• A white-knuckle ride across a sprawling, obstacle-ridden challenge course in the Jeep Experience.
• A Call of Duty®: Black Ops military-style zip-line plunge across the compound.
• One-on-one battles in the raised Juggernaut Sumo ring.
• Rations for sale at Modern Warfare 2′s iconic Burgertown and Nate’s Grab N Go food joints.
• A tour of the Call of Duty armory and museum, featuring concept art, weapons and gear, and memorabilia from the entire franchise.
Now the celebrations wouldn’t have been complete without a few announcements. Kicking off the festivities was Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg with the debut of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer mode. The event’s sponsors also got in on the action with a few revelations of their own. Microsoft unveiled the new Xbox 360 Limited Edition Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Custom Console. Sporting a 320GB hard drive, two wireless controllers and a Bluetooth headset, the collectible console will launch simultaneously with Modern Warfare 3 on November 8th.
Then it was Jeep’s turn. The co-sponsors gave fans an exclusive view of the new 2012 Wrangler Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Edition. Also debuting in November, this custom four-wheeler was designed with input from Modern Warfare 3 developers.
If you are thirsting for more coverage of the event, have a look below at this statement from Activision, summarizing the XP keynote:
Activision and developers Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games delivered a knockout punch to the thousands of attendees present at the XP keynote with the reveal of new Modern Warfare 3 features. Strike Packages-including Assault Strike, Support Strike, Specialist Strike and others-will overhaul the Killstreak system and create the most balanced and immersive multiplayer experience ever. The new Weapon Proficiencies system empowers players to modify their load-out to suit their individual play-style. User-generated game modes, a universal player card, loyalty rewards and new game modes like Kill Confirmed and Team Defender capped a stunning lineup of gameplay innovations.
These innovations will work in tandem with the Call of Duty® Elite social gaming platform to dramatically enhance the multiplayer experience. Launching alongside Modern Warfare 3 this fall, Call of Duty Elite is designed to help gamers Play Better Together. Also on display at this morning’s presentation, Call of Duty Elite delivered detailed stat tracking and performance analytics, integrated Facebook friend support, clan creation and management, and a device-agnostic hub for all things Call of Duty, connecting gamers via console, smartphone, tablet and web. Users can even customize matches via mobile and push them to the game remotely- the changes will be waiting the moment they boot up their console.
Call of Duty Elite features the deepest free service in gaming. For uncompromising Call of Duty devotees, the premium annual membership offers an unrivaled level of integration with the franchise and like-minded hardcore fans. The premium membership includes a year’s worth of Modern Warfare 3 DLC available monthly during the 9-month DLC season, daily competitions for in-game and real-world prizes, 24/7 competition calendar, clan tournaments, up to 24 minutes of HD gameplay video uploads, and the highly-anticipated Call of Duty Elite TV.
The new Call of Duty Elite TV will offer original, episodic video programming from top Hollywood talent, including digital content and production studio DumbDumb, led by Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in partnership with Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio, Electus. The production company is in development on two new programs, Cocked Hammers and Noob Tube!, both airing this fall on Call of Duty Elite TV. Additionally, executive producers Ridley Scott and Tony Scott’s RSA are working on Friday Night Fights, a program where real life rivals battle it out in Call of Duty multiplayer.
And it didn’t stop there. All Call of Duty XP attendees were treated with a redemption code for a free copy of the limited Modern Warfare 3 Hardened Edition when it becomes available, which includes a free year’s membership of Call of Duty Elite featuring all Modern Warfare 3 DLC.