With just months until we get our paws on Call of Duty Black Ops II, we still weren’t quite sure how the Elite services were being handled.
Last month, we found out the details of the special editions but unlike Modern Warfare 3, there weren’t any promotions towards their flagship stat-tracking-and-more service Call of Duty Elite. A lot of people speculated that this would mean Activision was leaving the Call of Duty fans out to dry, forcing you to pay for their premium service this time around. Obviously, these rumors put a lot of stress on those who consider Call of Duty one big cash-grab to begin with.
Today, in a press release, the plans for Call of Duty Elite were announced and rumors were finally, if a bit late, put to rest. Check out the exact quote from the press release below.
“‘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.'”
Obviously, this brought up a few questions. Luckily, Call of Duty Elite has put up a lot of answers to these questions in their newly updated FAQ.
In short, this doesn’t entitle you to anything for MW3’s premium membership, but there are some things that carry over. Your MW3 clans can come to Black Ops II with a new rank for BO2’s system and there will be a much more succinct release schedule for DLCs. Xbox will continue to get content first.
Of course, there’s still something for people to complain about. Instead of playing for Elite, you can now purchase a season pass for Black Ops II, shelling out $50 up-front for the $60 of planned DLC starting in 2013. While I’m sure there will always be complaints, at least the season pass is a totally usual practice and not another notch in the belt of those constantly seeking out blood for any new profitable practices Call of Duty employs. If Activision is evil for this one, blame L.A. Noire.
You can pick up Black Ops II in just under a month for PS3, 360, and PC on November 13th. For those getting a WiiU at launch, Black Ops II will be available day one on November 18th.
For any more info regarding Call of Duty Black Ops II, check back with us or simply check out the official Call of Duty site.