Call of Duty Elite, the subscription service that gives fans access to extra statistics and game features, will be returning for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops II, but with a twist: it'll now be completely free.
Elite launched alongside Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 last year. A basic free version of the service allowed players to track their in-game stats both online and using a console app. The paid version added clan features, Elite TV videos and regular challenges and contests offering real and digital prizes.
All of that will now be free to everyone, when Black Ops II launches next month. You'll be able to carry across your details and Elite will track your progress through more than one COD title at a time.
This does mean that the downloadable maps, which were included in the cost of the Elite subscription, will now only be available as separate downloads. You'll be able to buy a £34.99 Season Pass granting access to all four map expansions, which will include content for both traditional multiplayer and the ever-popular Zombies mode. So when you pre-order your copy of Black Ops II, you might want to add some download points cards to your basket as well.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is out for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC on November 13th, when it will no doubt become the biggest game ever since the last Call of Duty game. A Wii U version will follow shortly after.