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Call of Duty Elite will become positively common with the release of Black Ops II. Activision today announced the premium service's stat-tracking and community features will be free for all players of Black Ops II, though its DLC map packs will still require a separate purchase.

The Elite service formerly cost $50 on top of Modern Warfare 3, bundled as a premium community and content service. When Black Ops II launches on November 13, Elite's stats-laden Player HQ, clan HQ, tips-and-tricks centric Call of Duty Elite TV, and other offerings will be available to all players without charge.

The four planned map packs will still cost a pretty penny, with a season pass set for $50 or each set of new multiplayer and zombies scenarios available a la carte for $15. Compared to the old Elite which included both social services and map packs for $50, these new stages are much costlier (though in the end we ultimately get the same bang for our redistributed buck).

The map packs will land first on Xbox Live, and Activision pointed out the DLC may not appear on all consoles. While PC and PlayStation 3 are likely a safe bet, the new maps showing up on Wii U after its day-one November 18 launch may be less certain.

7 comments

  • beeorange1690 - October 19, 2012 9 p.m.

    so if it is free now,, why did activision charge me another £34.99 up to December 2013? And how do i get my money back?
  • Rambo 11 - October 16, 2012 4:12 a.m.

    S current premium members have to pay for a black ops 2 season pass if the want DLC?
  • Rambo 11 - October 16, 2012 4:13 a.m.

    *So
  • tehtimeisnow - October 16, 2012 12:29 a.m.

    this is amazeing call od duty elete servece is one of the most revelutoinary things to happen to gameing and they r so generuos to give it to us for free i cant wate for black ops 2 it will b the best game of all time
  • D0CCON - October 15, 2012 5:57 p.m.

    Is that some actual improving I see from Activision? It's weird, a couple years ago I would have expected EA to be the mega corporation that gave this type of stuff for free instead of Activision. Now Activision is doing it and EA's premium player status for BF3 gives players map packs as well as advantages over other players.
  • nintendo365 - October 15, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    This is like a giant middle finger for buying the season pass for MW3 and for buying MW3 as a whole.

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