Activision has announced that its Call of Duty Elite Service is going to be free for everyone who buys Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
“We’ve learned a lot in our first year of Call of Duty Elite, and we’re very proud that we over delivered on our commitment of playable content to our premium members,” said Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg. “What we have realised is that several of the Call of Duty Elite services which are currently only available to our premium members for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are things that would further unite, engage and delight our player community. So we are going to make them free for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.”
But don’t get too excited.
The main selling point for the Elite Service was the inclusion of all the downloadable map packs. These will not be included with this free-for-all service structure. A Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Season Pass will be sold for $49.99 [the old price for the Elite Service] for four Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Map Packs which will deliver a variety of new Multiplayer and Zombies playable content and are expected to be available in 2013. These Map Packs will also be sold separately for $14.99.
The following new features have been announced for the free Elite Service:
- Player HQ – Track Call of Duty: Black Ops II performance with rich game statistics, including enhanced match information such as heat maps and recent match data; track challenges and extensively modify your classes like never before using Treyarch’s new Pick 10 Create-a-Class system.
- Clan HQ – Join an existing clan or start your own, invite friends and then take part in Call of Duty: Black Ops II clan competitions with cool digital prizing.
- Zombies Support – For the millions of Zombies fans out there, now you can track your Zombies personal statistics and compare it to other players’ around the world.
- Call of Duty Elite TV – Launching with tablet support with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the new Call of Duty Elite TV will deliver a renewed community focus featuring developer tips and strategy programming, custom class overviews and more.
- Social Sharing and Notifications – With Call of Duty Elite’s new notification system, you can stay updated with what is going on in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as well as communicate directly with your clan.
While any $50 Season Pass still sounds a little too expensive to me, if you’re a Call of Duty faithful you do end up saving money in the long run. Anybody plan on picking this up? Let me know in the comments below.