Last year Call of Duty Elite was created in conjunction with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. This Elite service at $50 gave you one year of premium features online. The features included being able to track your career and stats for MW3 and previous Call of Duty titles, change your load-out classes and create/manage clans, access to DLC a week in advance and also not have to pay for the DLC. There were some other premiums features like Friday Night Fights.
This year with the imminent release of Black Ops II, Activision just announced that the Elite service will be free for Black Ops II. “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 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.”
I’m not positive if the Elite service is going completely free or the free part is only for Black Ops II stats. I’ve reached out to our contact for clarification and will update you as soon as I get an answer. The free service also doesn’t mean free DLC, you can buy the DLC as it comes out or you can do a season pass for 4000 Microsoft points to save money like you will be able to do in Assassin’s Creed III.
There are some new features for Black Ops II specifically as well as some features that are similar for those who already have the service. Take a look at the video below for some more information.
- 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.