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Activision confirms Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Elite services are free

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.

Edited On 15 Oct, 2012

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creed95 4 years ago
i suppose it could be good news but ive never really been into the elite subscripton anyways
Shnoorum's avatar
Nah. Free is much better than the obscene amount they were asking for the last game
Shnoorum 4 years ago
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
4000 MSP is 34.27 GBP I don't see people paying that up front.
Konakona's avatar
I do, considering call of duty dlc is usually priced at about 11.99GBP.
Konakona 4 years ago
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Sorry I meant to put ''Most People'' my bad
Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
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Konakona 4 years ago
That's quite good, Some of the Elite features on MW3 looked interesting but weren't worth paying for. I am really getting quite hyped now! Clan support, "grief" zombies mode, ranked matchmaking.. Just sounds really fun. Plus a solid 10hour campaign mode to enjoy. Going to be well worth the £65 pre-order.
LFC Bywater's avatar
I usually prefer the MW campaigns, but black ops hasnt been too bad. glad that its 10 hours tho, MW3 was too short.
LFC Bywater 4 years ago
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scourge 4 years ago
I'm quite glad they've made some of the elite features free, I've never had the money to pay for elite so I'm quite excited to use it now.
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Zealotus 4 years ago
It's great Elite is free but the season pass leaves a sour taste in the mouth in my opinion. I don't even mind the idea of season passes. In theory buying a pass which is a promise of quality content along the line is much better than paying for cut content on release. The problem is Activision are forgetting one of the core pillars of a season pass is value for money, all their pass does is highlight that even discounted their map packs cost way too much. Maybe they should test much lower price points and see if it converts to more revenue by encouraging spontaneous buying.
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LFC Bywater 4 years ago
So the season pass in 4000 points aswell? might actually consider payign that this year as in my opinion treyarch have always been better at making maps.
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angelus3889 4 years ago
Well its about time that they came to the conclussion that making the service free was a good idea, the people that want the extra stuff can decide for thereselves instead of having to pay up front for the whole service.
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0000000000 4 years ago
am i the only person in the gaming world that has finally given up on the cod series as it never seems to be as good as call of duty 4 in my honest opinion will not be getting it this year much better games out in 2012 at this time of year (dishonoured, hitman and halo 4 naming 3)
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Greigyboii 4 years ago
I know the CoD Elite service has had some bad press, and it seems many didn't like it's features. I thought it was an amazing service, adding something new to the franchise. I am saddened that the premium side of it is being taken away - I only wanted the hardened edition for BOII if it came with all the DLC included in the price. Sadly this isn't the case. I am glad though that the service will remain (Elite)!
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extermin8or 4 years ago
I'm inclined to believe Battlefields 3s "Battlestats" catalysed this :P Wonder how long it took them to realise it was mostly the same stuff but.. FREE :P

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