Call of Duty XP is set to be held on on Septemeber 2nd-3rd in Los Angelos California later this year. Call of Duty XP is a community event in which the Call of Duty world is brought to real life in which massive paintball games on life-size arena based of of the Modern Warfare 2 level "Scrapyard." Also at the event, the World Premiere of Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer mode will be revealed and attendees will have the chance to play both multiplayer as well as spec ops!
So It may be a ways away but we finally have some info on when we can expect to see a LOT of multiplayer information. You can check out the sources below and read the entire articles or go to the Official Call of Duty XP website.
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Playing the multiplayer component of Modern Warfare 3 isn't the only warfare experience awaiting attendees. Fans will be able to hang out with developers from Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games during multiple discussion panels. The 12 acre compound will also contain a paintball arena based upon the 'Scrapyard' map featured in Modern Warfare 2 for some real life action. This type of virtual entertainment and real life experience really blurs the line when it comes to how videogame franchises are promoted.
Tickets for Call of Duty XP '11 will be limited to 6,000 attendees, go on sale on July 19th and will cost $150. Activision will be donating 100% of the ticket sales to The Call of Duty Endowment. This non-profit effort supports veterans returning from their tours to transition back in to civilian life, find a job and establish careers.
“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.” - Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing
Activision won't be limiting all of the news, world exclusives and action to those in attendance. The publisher will be providing updates to all of their fans through their social media accounts - namely Twitter and Facebook as well as streaming video. Activision Publishing President Eric Hirshberg promised that online users will not be left in the dark. The online streams will either be in real-time or as close to real-time as possible.
Microsoft and Activision are partnering together to sponsor a $1 million Call of Duty tournament. Professional gamers aren't the only ones who could qualify for this tournament. Activision is inviting every fan to participate in regional qualifying rounds and promotions. Just like the panels and reveals the publisher plans to stream the multiplayer tournaments live.
“The Call of Duty series continues to set the pace on Xbox 360 with both the best selling game ever on the platform in Call of Duty: Black Ops, and the No. 1 and No. 2 titles on Xbox LIVE with Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2,” - George Peckham, General Manager, Global Publishing Group at Microsoft
While speaking with Mr.Hirshberg he noted that comparisons between Call of Duty XP '11 and Blizzcon, the company's Massive Multiplayer Convention, are unavoidable. He promised that the company had picked the brains of the brightest minds behind the successful Blizzard convention for any ideas/hints that could help Call of Duty XP become a yearly success. I suppose one of the largest differences between BlizzCon and Call of Duty XP '11 is that Blizzcon surrounds multiple properties while XP focuses on one franchise.
Are you looking forward to Call of Duty XP '11? It is certainly an ambitious effort that seems to blur the lines between real life and virtual promotion for a videogame franchise. Large scale events are usually reserved for the press but XP '11 puts the fans front and center. Activision wants to include all Call of Duty fans whether or not they are able to attend the event.
We'll have more on Call of Duty XP'11 as it becomes available. Look for more coverage during the event this coming labor day.