Call of Duty Elite Seeing Changes for Black Ops II

Call of Duty Elite Seeing Changes for Black Ops II

All features aside from maps are now free; season pass detailed

Written by litepink on 16 October 12 at 01:36

With over a year to see what works and what doesn’t, Activision will be administering some changes to the Call of Duty Elite service for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II from Treyarch. The changes are being made in an effort to “further unite, engage and delight our player community,” according to Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg.

Currently, the Call of Duty Elite service offers both free and premium features to its player base. The premium features are highlighted with the inclusion of the entire season of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 downloadable content. Those who were premium Elite members from the start enjoyed content drops weeks before others, and at a slightly discounted rate in comparison to full price collection packs made available to everyone else later. There are other premium features as well, but much of the focus for the value of Elite was placed on the early access to these maps and it’s price compared to the collection packs.

With Black Ops II, all the aforementioned premium features aside from the maps will now be free. This means that features like Clan Operations and special competitions are now a part of the Elite package. Essentially, there will be no “free” and “premium” divisions of Call of Duty Elite anymore, with everyone who is a part of Elite enjoying the same features. Activision has provided a list of some of the new and evolving features coming to Elite in Black Ops II:

• 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.
Map packs then will be sold separately, and will not be a part of Elite in any form this time around. Instead map packs can be purchased separately like normal, or a season pass can be purchased to get the map packs at a discount versus purchasing separately. Activision is planning four future map packs due to come out in 2013. Each map pack is set to feature both multiplayer maps and zombie content, much like in the first Call of Duty: Black Ops. All four map packs can be purchased separately for 1200 MSP, or all together in the Season Pass for 4000 MSP, a saving of 800 MSP.

Activision introduces us to what’s in store for Elite in Call of Duty: Black Ops II with the following trailer.



In summary, Elite will feature much of the same stat tracking and social features found in Battlefield 3 or the Halo series, with a separate season pass like many of today’s games. Those who want additional maps/content are still paying for it, and still have an option at paying a bit less with the Season Pass. Those who opt to not pay for further content will enjoy more features than they had previously. The only downside (in comparison with previous Elite pricing and structure), is that there will be no season pack included with the collector’s edition of the game like for Modern Warfare 3, which bundled Elite alongside other physical and digital goodies. The Black Ops II collector’s editions have some special content of their own too of course, which we detailed here. If you want more specifics on Elite, such as how these changes affect previous Call of Duty titles, you can visit http://www.callofduty.com/elite for more.

The future is black as Call of Duty: Black Ops II drops on November 13th.

Thanks to the community members who sent this info in.
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 01:40
don't be cheap.. get the season pass.. it'll save you money in the end. mw3, bf3.. definitely worth it.
Hoffman
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 01:41
Interesting to see them do a 180 on the old system. Maybe they didn't think they would score as many subscribers this go around?
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 01:45
I actually prefer this because i have no interest in the multiplayer... so i dont need the stat tracking. I would rather just pay for the maps, instead of paying for a huge feature i am not using.

And say what you will about the season pass and sucking more money from fans, yada yada... but it saves you money in the long run. if you were going to get them all anyway, may as well pay for them now, save the cash in the long run, and get them asap when they come out (without having to wonder if you'll have the points available)... to me, diving into those new zombie maps on day 1 is a must...
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 01:46
Hoffman said:Interesting to see them do a 180 on the old system. Maybe they didn't think they would score as many subscribers this go around?My guess is to increase usage. At any rate, not much haters to hate on here. Free is free.
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 01:58
I hope that the "combat record" continues largely unchanged and within game in the sequel. I hope that hasn't moved out into Elite only. Helped to kill time while in the pre-game lobby. By the time the first map pack is available, I'll know whether I want all the DLC, or none of it. I'm expecting it will be all, don't let me down Treyarch!
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 02:23
Treyarch saves the day again.

IW < Treyarch

Always has been in my opinion. Majorly excited for Black Ops II!
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 02:23
Season Passes are a waste, MW3 season pass owners actually lost money!
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 02:31
When does the first DLC come out?If anyone knows please reply.
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 02:52
I'll most likely buy the season pass for the Zombie DLC and achievements but Elite sucked, I was seriously let down.
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 02:56, Edited on 16 October 12 at 02:57 by Fuzzy Churro
I will eventually get this, I had a ton of fun playing the multiplayer content with friends in MW3. I can only expect the same for this, i could honestly care less for the ELiTE part but the season pass is definetly worth it smile If youre going to complain about paying money for this when youre buying it only for cheevos then I hope you realize its your own fault. Its not any 'money-grabbing' company's fault.
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 03:38
I like how they pretend to be giving us something free. It is just stat tracking, that's all. Should have always been free, whether you call it elite or a season pass, you are still only paying for the maps, and yes, it is cheaper to buy them all upfront. The only difference this time around is they aren't screwing people who don't buy the dlc out of features. Nothing more.
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 03:48
to this day i haven't seen a season pass that has been worth it

almost every game with a season pass has put out 4-5 crap dlcs, and even then the season passes go on sale

it's dumb to buy them up front flat out
Posted on 16 October 12 at 03:55, Edited on 16 October 12 at 03:59 by Neo Phantom
Reading this really grind my gears, if your the original owners of Elite. Let me refresh your memory. In 2011, Elite was down for an entire month, so Activision decided to give Elite owners an additional free month extending the membership to Dec. 4 of this year. Apparently, making Elite free to everybody voids that "polite gesture" Activison promised to their loyal fan base. Am I the only person that isn't blind from this bullshit. angry
End of an era...
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 04:17
Neo Phantom said:Reading this really grind my gears, if your the original owners of Elite. Let me refresh your memory. In 2011, Elite was down for an entire month, so Activision decided to give Elite owners an additional free month extending the membership to Dec. 4 of this year. Apparently, making Elite free to everybody voids that "polite gesture" Activison promised to their loyal fan base. Am I the only person that isn't blind from this bullshit. angryWell, youre paying $50 again if you want the DLCs, and its not like Elite being down affected the first DLCs that came out for MW3. I really dont see the problem other than you werent able to use the Elite app for one month. They arent screwing anyone over, lol.
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 05:22
yeah no offense but it sounds like you're just starting a witch hunt because you can. nobody can possibly be really mad about that (and if you are, time to take a break from the vidya gamez)
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 05:31
This is bitter sweet. I really like elite being free because you can have more members in your clan and have their stats actually count without forcing them to pay. The downside is that if you want the maps, you have to buy them. This is the case with regular games anyway, so its really not a big change.

I just hope they do a season pass 50% off sale like they did for gears 3.
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 07:51
awesome news!
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 08:15
So it's basically like Bungie.net for COD. I'm cool with that. I'm going to get the season pass, though, I do love me some zombies and the achievements coming from them, too.
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Posted on 16 October 12 at 08:50
x Jessie Mao x said:don't be cheap.. get the season pass.. it'll save you money in the end. mw3, bf3.. definitely worth it.with mw3 on the Xbox 360 it was actually cheaper to purchase the map pace seperatly in the recent discount sales.

I bought elite on ps3 so there was no way I was stumping up more for the 360 version