Call of Duty, one of the most successful video game franchises of all time, is getting its very own convention. Call of Duty XP is a celebration of all things COD with tournaments, announcements and live-action experiences.
The fan-geared event will take place September 2-4 at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. Tickets will go on sale beginning June 11 at 10 AM PST.
There's something for every Call of Duty fan at the event. Fans of eSports will be keen to see the Call of Duty World League Championship (CWL) which has 32 of the world's best teams competing for $2 million in prize money -- direct from CWL's prize pool worth over $3.5 million.
"Call of Duty XP is going to be the biggest Call of Duty fan celebration in history," stated Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg. "The best Call of Duty players in the world will be front and center trying to win the first Call of Duty World League Championship at what is sure to be our biggest eSports event ever. Plus, fans will be able to see and play more hands-on content and reveals in one place than we've ever had, from Infinite Warfare, to Modern Warfare Remastered to Black Ops III DLC. Plus, there will be an off-the-charts list of Call of Duty-inspired activities that you can't experience anywhere else."
The tournament will be played on Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which will also get a DLC announcement at the event.
The championship isn't the end of the multiplayer shenanigans. Visitors will be the first in the world to try the multiplayer in the next Call of Duty installment, Infinite Warfare -- developed by Infinity Ward -- as well as the remastered classic, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
"As a presenting partner of the Call of Duty World League, it's been exciting to watch these talented teams compete and we're looking forward to the culmination of the tournament during the Call of Duty Championship, " added Adam Boyes, Vice President of Publisher Relations at Sony Interactive Entertainment America. "We're also thrilled to be bringing PlayStation VR to the amazing lineup of event activities, where fans will experience the thrill of piloting their own Jackal fighter jet. We're proud to partner with Activision and Call of Duty on the return of this historic fan celebration and this can't miss Call of Duty community gathering."
It won't be all video game experiences though. There will be several live interactive activities too, including Nuketown paintball Zombie laser tag. Sounds terrifying, doesn't it?
There will also be a Call of Duty VR demo which puts players in the cockpit of a fighter jet. Hopefully this is something we'll see released on VR headsets.
Tickets come in three flavours:
- Enlisted ticket ($49 USD): gets you admission for all three days with access to the Call of Duty World League Championship tournament and activities.
- Veteran ticket ($129 USD): gets you everything above, a legacy edition of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and a care package with COD merchandise.
- Prestige ticket ($199 USD): same as the Veteran ticket, but you also get the digital deluxe edition of Infinite Warfare and a VIP pass so you can cut the queues for the events, plus a parking pass and access to the VIP lounge.
Whichever ticket version you get, you'll also unlock some weapon skins and a calling card in Black Ops III and Infinite Warfare.