Call of Duty: Elite Tags Along Black Ops 2 As Free Service

 

  • Free from November 13
  • Quarterly maps releases still paid service
  • Maps arrive on Xbox LIVE first at 1,200 points each

The online Call of Duty: Elite subscription service will be available for free following the launch of Black Ops 2, says Activision.

 

  • Free from November 13
  • Quarterly maps releases still paid service
  • Maps arrive on Xbox LIVE first at 1,200 points each

The online Call of Duty: Elite subscription service will be available for free following the launch of Black Ops 2, says Activision.

Activision will be offering the Elite services for all users when CoD Black Ops 2 arrives on November 13. The company used to offer the game on a paid membership and brought users extra statistics, social features, heat maps following missions and instant access to the latest maps and DLC.

However, what won’t be free though are the quarterly maps releases which will be available to buy separately or as a discounted bundle. The maps will arrive on Xbox LIVE first at 1,200 points each or 4,000 for the 'season pass.'

Elite was created to push social interactivity within the Call of Duty experience, and having achieved that the company says it wants to share the benefits with the entire fraternity.

"For us it simply comes down to the fact that Call of Duty is at its best when our community is united,” says Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg.

"This is why we're returning to four map pack drops per year as well as why we're making services such as leveling clans and Elite TV available to a wider Call of Duty community for Black Ops 2, not just to Elite premium subscribers.”

"From the start, our goal with Elite was to make multiplayer a more social, more connected experience. And we have accomplished that, but for our premium members.”

"We've come to the conclusion that Elite has more value as a community-wide platform driving engagement and connectivity, rather than as a paid members-only service."

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