‘Call of Duty Elite’ goes free for Black Ops II
Activision have announced that their Call of Duty Elite service will be free for Black Ops II players.
The publisher aims to “unite fans” and “engage the community” by offering the following premium features at no extra cost:
- 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.
One major omission from the list above is of course DLC. Whereas for Modern Warfare 3 the map packs were included with Elite, Activision have decided to offer it either a la carte or as a season pass this time around. Interestingly though, the PS3 was not mentioned in the DLC portion of the press release and the following statement was included: “Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all gaming platforms”. Make of that what you will.
Whether DLC is offered with Elite or as a separate package, one thing remains certain; a huge amount of money will be made. That trend also looks set to continue with the regular sales figures, as pre-order records continue to be shattered. Today GameStop confirmed that Black Ops II is “seeing the highest pre-orders in history” and is on course to be the “biggest game launch of all time”. Maybe not surprising in isolation, but for the franchise as a whole to have that consistent upward trajectory for half a decade is simply staggering.