Elite is built around four pillars - Career, Connect, Compete and Improve. Each section, which appears as a tab on the main interface, supports various social networking and stat-tracking services. As reported during E3 2011, Elite is available in both free and premium versions. Although both will share a core set of tools, premium subscribers will have access to special features.
A premium subscription runs $50 a year, or $10 less than year's worth of map pack purchases ($15 per pack). The distinction is important since, as a premium member, all DLC is available for free. Not only that, but rather than waiting for quarterly updates, paid members will receive monthly DLC updates. These include new multiplayer maps, new missions for Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops Mode and other, unannounced add-ons.