MW3 Elite account issues anger DLC subscribers

By Alan Ng - Jan 26, 2012

We have some important information for those of you who are considering buying an Elite subscription for Modern Warfare 3, as it has been revealed that DLC included with the package is actually locked to an Elite user ID, and not to a console meaning that content can only be used with one console account.

It is pretty remarkable that this discovery has only been made now, but users are not starting to complain in the masses over on the official Call of Duty forums. To put it in simple terms, these content drops that Infinity Ward are releasing for Modern Warfare 3 can only be played on one console and on one Elite user account, meaning it’s no go for those intending to share maps with family members or use the content on a different user account or console.

This situation is particularly worrying for Elite users, as Activision’s own description when downloading the console states that once purchased, ‘all users’ will be granted access to the content on one console. Has the fact that this is now locked to one Elite user opened up a new can of worms for Activision?

So far, there is no word from Activision on the matter, or indeed Infinity Ward’s community manager Robert Bowling who is usually quick to respond to important matters such as this. It will be a big blow to those who are thinking of subscribing if this is the case that it’s locked to Elite accounts, but then again it could simply be a fault on Activision’s part and they may remedy the situation once they address it.

Have you discovered this problem when trying to access the Elite DLC on a different Xbox 360 user account? Obviously this is just fixed to the Xbox 360 at the moment since Elite DLC isn’t available on other platforms yet. We’ll let you know when we hear from Activision regarding the matter.

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  • Onesiphorus

    Robert Bowling has posted on the official forums that this was an unintentional issue and will be fixed asap with a patch.

    • Paul

      If it was unintentional then why do there staff tell you this

  • Just another thing they have mislead or explained properly to us. Never appears in their glossy vids or advertisements but is buried away somewhere on a page on their website that no one would try to get to or even read.

  • CollapsingFacade

    Screw that, i’m not gonna buy Elite. I have three accounts on my system, whatta rip off!

  • Paul

    Phoned Activision about 2 weeks ago and they confirmed this. This means that if you have 4 gamertags then it would cost you £120 for the DLC.  Rip off central.  Will wait for the non elite packs which will allow all gamers to use on one console. Cheaper option.  Bad they keep this quiet

    • Rynha

      Yes it was very misleading !!! And they also left out that their little deal with Microsoft was still in effect .. Meaning that Xbox got their DLC first before other platforms/ pd3 .. They sold with the intentions that if you bought the elite package you were to obtain all the DLC ” First” not a month later as it is clearly is now for ps3 users!!! I feel that they tried to fool everyone into buying this under fals pretenses