Black Ops II to include free access to Call of Duty Elite

2:17 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
Activision's 'Call of Duty ELITE'
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With the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops II less than 40 days away, Activision has revleased that its premium Call of Duty Elite service features will be included with the game free when the it hits stores worldwide on November 13.

"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."

Supporting Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Activision will be selling four new Downloadable Content (DLC) Map Packs.  They will be available both á la carte and through the introduction of the Call of Duty: Black Ops II Season Pass.

First becoming available via Xbox LIVE, followed by other digital distribution platforms, the four DLC Map Packs will deliver a variety of new playable content including multiplayer and zombies.  They are expected to be available in 2013.

The Season Pass will deliver all four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of 4000 Microsoft Points ($49.99 on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360).  Season Pass pre-orders are now available at select retail outlets, including GameStop.  Activision has further stated that Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all gaming platforms and that pricing and release dates may vary by platform.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II launches worldwide on November 13, 2012, on the Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3, and Windows PC.  The title is also expected to be released in North America on November 18, 2012, for the new Wii U from Nintendo.  Call of Duty: Black Ops II is rated "M for Mature" by the ESRB.


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