Here are two bets I'm willing to take: 1) You have Facebook. 2) You're planning to buy Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on its release date, Tuesday, November 8. Right so far? If so, you'll probably also be interested in knowing how these two connect in MW3 multiplayer. Activision has released a four-minute video detailing how Facebook Connect works in the game and how Elite is going to "change the game."
There are a few Facebook friends I haven't connected with through Xbox Live and, if I opt to get the PS3 version of CoD MW3, there are several more Gaming Target Facebook page members who are hardcore Sony fans. Not having to type in goofy PSN account names would make it easier to play with and against them in MW3 multiplayer. And, unlike the awkward integration of Facebook profiles on the PS3 XMB and Xbox 360 dashboard (really, who checks their Facebook wall that way?), this is going to be a very useful feature that surprisingly hasn't been integrated into every game yet.
"Call of Duty has really become more than just a game," opined Infinity Ward Executive Producer Mark Rubin. "It's actually become a social phenomenon. So many people are playing that it's got its own social network." That's where Call of Duty Elite comes into play. Once you connect with friends via Facebook, you can track your progress and their stats through this comprehensive web portal. Both Facebook Connect and Elite for MW3 are going to be day-one launches, so expect to see them alongside the CoD MW3 release date on Tuesday.