Activision has confirmed that all of its Call of Duty Elite service features for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be free when the game hits worldwide on 13th November.
"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."
As we reported this morning, Activision will be selling four new Downloadable Content (DLC) Map Packs both through the introduction of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass. Coming to the Xbox LIVE first, the four Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Map Packs will deliver a variety of new Multiplayer and Zombies playable content and are expected to be available in 2013.
The Season Pass will deliver all four Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Map Packs at a discounted suggested retail price of 4000 Microsoft Points* on Xbox LIVE Marketplace (discount based on four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of 1200 Microsoft Points.
Hirshberg continued, "For Call of Duty: Black Ops II, DLC Map Packs will be a separate offering from Call of Duty Elite. The Season Pass will be a great way to acquire all four Map Packs at a discount, but if our fans would rather take it one Map Pack at a time, then we?ll offer each pack la carte for anyone who wants it. What we aren't doing is requiring a paid membership to access the great player services for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and we?re thrilled to offer all of Elite's Call of Duty: Black Ops II features to players for free."
New features announced for Elite include:
"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.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches worldwide on November 13, 2012, on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, you can pre-order below.