Call of Duty: Elite, Activision's Call of Duty multiplayer subscription service for in-game stats and social networking, will be offered for free following the release of Black Ops II.
Though certain features for Elite have always been free, CoD players who wanted access to premium content had to pay $50 a year.
To make up for the costs of Elite going free, Activision is offering Black Ops 2 map DLC for a package deal of $50. Those who don't quite feel like purchasing a season pack can expect shell out $15 for each individual map pack, or $60 in total if each of these packs are purchased separately.
Unfortunately, Elite and the map packs may not come to every platform that Black Ops 2 is launching for, specifically the Wii U and PC. Elite will continue to remain on Xbox 360 and PS3, as it has been, and there've been no plans to release on PC. According to Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, "Our goal is to bring the Season Pass and DLC to the Wii U also, but it's a new system and we need a bit more time to work out the details with Nintendo."
New Elite features will also be rolling out, including zombie stat-tracking, Elite TV, and tablet support.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be launching for Windows, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 13th, 2012 and November 18th, 2012 for the Wii U.