Now everyone can be elite.
With the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, on November 13th, Activision will be making their Call of Duty Elite service free to all users. This means that instead of getting new map packs via Elite, they’ll be moving back to traditional map packs, and a Season Pass for their DLC.
Activision CEO, Eric Hirshberg, had the following to say on the new DLC plan:
We’ve learned a lot in our first year of Call of Duty Elite, and were 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 realized 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.
Supporting Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Activision will be selling four epic new Downloadable Content (DLC) Map Packs both á la carte and through the introduction of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass. Coming to the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network 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* ($49.99 on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360® (discount based on four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of 1200 Microsoft Points ($15) each). Season Pass pre-orders are now available at select retail outlets, including GameStop. Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all gaming platforms. Pricing and release dates may vary by platform. All Call of Duty Elite features and availability are subject to change. Further details regarding the 2013 calendar of Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Map Packs will be made available at a later date.
Call of Duty Elite will also be getting some new features when it goes free, such as:
- 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 Treyarchs 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 Elites 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.
This approach honestly makes a lot more sense to me than the confusing DLC drop schedule that Modern Warfare 3 had. What do you think?
Check out the video below to learn more about Call of Duty Elite’s integration in Black Ops 2.