Call of Duty’s Elite service will be free from Black Ops 2 on, Activision has announced.
The subscription service offers extra social features, skill tracking, clan management, Facebook integration, Elite TV, and discounts on DLC to Call of Duty players who pay its AU$64.99 annual fee.
Current Elite subscribers will continue to receive the premium features for Modern Warfare 3, but their paid subscriptions will not affect Black Ops 2.
Instead, all Black Ops 2 players will receive the Elite service automatically, as is the case with Battlefield's Battlelog system, for example.
Obviously, Elite’s DLC discounts will no longer apply.
Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg said the change to Elite would unite Call of Duty players, rather than separate out the 2.3 million who had opted into the service.
“Elite offers a lot of really engaging services that were only reaching a portion of our community. We think that by making these services available to a much wider audience, it will be better both for our players and for us.”
“Our mission from the start with Elite was to make multiplayer a more social, more connected experience. And we accomplished that, but only for our premium members,” he added.
Features such as clans levelling, League Play, and eSports, would be added to the new Elite service, he said.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is due out November 13 on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and November 30 on Wii U.