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Call of Duty Elite service now free; DLC sold separately

Activision wants to "unite" online audiences; New Elite trailer released

Activision has removed the DLC offers within its Call of Duty Elite service and will now be offering the online game platform for free.

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Commencing with the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the Elite platform will offer all online services at no extra cost.

A range of additional game content will now be available through a Black Ops 2 DLC 'season pass'. Priced at 4000 Microsoft Points (about $50), It'll offer four map packs featuring fresh multiplayer and Zombies content.

The four DLC packages will be released across 2013, Activision said, and each can be acquired separately for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15). The company warned that the Season Pass and DLC "may not be available on all gaming platforms". No further pricing was revealed.

Activision Publishing CEO, Eric Hirshberg, said that the company has realised that "several of the Call of Duty Elite services which are currently only available to our premium members 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," he added.

The season-pass DLC package is now available for pre-order, Activision said.

The free online services available in Call of Duty Elite includes:

  • Player HQ: Game statistics including enhanced match information such as heat maps and recent match data. Players can modify their classes 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.
  • Zombies Support: Players can track Zombie 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.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launches worldwide on November 13, 2012. Here's a new Call of Duty Elite trailer:

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