Activision has finally revealed how ELITE will work with Black Ops 2. First and foremost, there will not be a premium option. All the features of ELITE with Black Ops 2 will be free for everyone.
- Player HQ — Track Call of Duty: Black Ops II performance with rich game statistics, including enhanced match information such as heat maps and recent match data; track challenges and extensively modify your classes like never before 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 with cool digital prizing.
- Zombies Support — For the millions of Zombies fans out there, now you can track your Zombies personal 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.
- Social Sharing and Notifications — With Call of Duty Elite‘s new notification system, you can stay updated with what is going on in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as well as communicate directly with your clan.
Call of Duty Elite now offers players the ability to connect, compete and improve like never before. Call of Duty Elite features for the blockbuster game Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which launches worldwide on November 13, 2012, will be free. Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will include a host of new and improved features, including both Player and Clan HQ, Zombies support, Call of Duty Elite TV, social sharing and notifications, and more!
They have also confirmed that the ELITE Tablet App will launch with Black Ops 2.
Elite will be only for Xbox and PS3 at launch. Hirshberg says Activision is “evaluating options to bring Elite services to the PC and Wii U.” The DLC will be available for Xbox/PS3/PC, first on Xbox, but ATVI says, “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.”
Check out the official FAQ after the break discussing clans/etc:
SOURCE: Activision Press Release – Image gallery via The Verge
Why did you make Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 free?
A -We are continually looking for ways to offer more value to our Call of Duty community to make their experience better. Offering the Call of Duty Elite service and features for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for free will help us further unite the Call of Duty community of gamers, and will take our fans’ ability to connect, compete and improve to the next level.
Q -For Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, will there be any difference between Premium and free members?
A -No, there will not be a separate Call of Duty Elite Premium membership offering for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. All Call of Duty Elite services and features for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be free..
Q -If I sign up for a new Call of Duty Elite account for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, can I also access my player information for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops?
A -Yes, once you’ve signed up for Call of Duty Elite, the service will track your stats in all supported Call of Duty® games/platforms. Player information and stat tracking for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops have always been free features, and you will be able to access your player information going forward.
Q -If I sign up for Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, do I get all of Call of Duty Elite’s features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (Clan Operations, etc.)?
A -No, not all of them. Many Call of Duty Elite features, such as stat tracking and player information, have been and will remain free across all Call of Duty titles and platforms that Call of Duty Elite supports. However, existing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3-specific Premium membership features, such as leveling-up your Clan in Clan Operations and special competitions, will remain available to current Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Premium members. We are no longer offering Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Premium memberships now that the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Season of Content is concluding.
Q -Are you giving away all the paid content in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 to new free users who buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?
A -A – No, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Premium membership content will not be a part of the free Call of Duty Elite offering for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Q -I already have a Call of Duty Elite free membership/login. Do I have to create a new one for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?
A -No, your existing Call of Duty Elite login information will give you access to all the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 elements in Call of Duty Elite, as well as your existing career stats and data for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. You will be able to access all your player and clan information using your existing login.
Q – Will my current Call of Duty Elite clan for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 transfer over for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?
A -A – Yes, your current Call of Duty Elite clan for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will transfer over for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2. However, your Call of Duty Elite clan level for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be reset, as it is separate from your Call of Duty® Elite clan level for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Additional details regarding leveling up your Call of Duty® Elite clan for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2 will be released at a later date.
Q -Will Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 downloadable content (DLC) be a part of Call of Duty Elite?
A -No, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will be offered separately from Call of Duty® Elite.
Q -How will I be able to purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC if it isn’t part of Call of Duty Elite?
A – Supporting Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Activision will be selling four epic DLC Map Packs both á la carte and through the introduction of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass. The four Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will deliver a variety of new Multiplayer and Zombies playable content and are expected to be available in 2013. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all platforms, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform.
Q -How much will the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass cost?
A – The Season Pass will deliver all four new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs at a discounted suggested retail price of $49.99 (discount based on four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $15 each). The actual retail price for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs will be set by the platform manufacturer and/or retailer.
Q -Where can I purchase a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass?
A- Pre-orders for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass are available now at select retail outlets. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all gaming platforms, and pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Following the game’s launch on November 13th, the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass will be available for purchase at select retail and online outlets worldwide.
Q -What if I’m not ready to buy a Season Pass? Will I be able to purchase Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs individually?
A -Yes, in addition to the Season Pass offering, fans have the choice to purchase the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs á la carte upon each Map Pack release.
Q -If I buy a Season Pass, will I get early access to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs?
A -No, fans who purchase the Season Pass will have access to each of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs on the same date as those who purchase the DLC Map Packs á la carte for their respective platform.
Q -When will I be able to find out more details about Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs?
A -Further details regarding the 2013 calendar of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will be made available following the game’s launch on November 13th.
Q -What platforms will the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass be available for?
A -The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Season Pass will be available for multiple platforms. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will come to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system first, followed by additional platforms at a later date.
Q -Will the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs and DLC Season Pass be available for the Wii U?
A -With details for the Wii U game system from Nintendo being newly announced, Activision is working with Nintendo on the possibility of releasing the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs and the DLC Season Pass for this new gaming platform, and more details will be released at a later date.
Q -Will Call of Duty Elite continue supporting the original Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3?
A -Yes, Call of Duty Elite was built from the ground up to support Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and future enabled Call of Duty game releases, while also including limited functionality for the original Call of Duty: Black Ops.
Q -What about current Call of Duty Elite Premium members – will they still get to use all the Premium services and features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3?
A -Yes, Call of Duty Elite Premium members will continue to enjoy the Call of Duty® Elite Premium membership features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 through the end of their current subscription period.
Q -Q – Can I pre-order Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?
A – No, pre-orders for Call of Duty Elite are not available for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. All Call of Duty Elite service features for the upcoming blockbuster Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game, which hits worldwide on November 13, 2012, will be free.
Q -What if I already pre-ordered Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2?
A -Pre-orders for Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are not available. Please check with your local retailer for additional questions.
Q -What if I still have an unused Call of Duty Elite Premium membership code from purchasing the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – will I still be able to use it?
A -Yes, if you have an unused Call of Duty Elite Premium membership code from purchasing the Hardened Edition of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, you will be able to use the code up until November 08, 2012 to unlock and access the Call of Duty Elite Premium membership service and features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, including the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Season of Content.
Q -What about Call of Duty Elite Founders?
A -Call of Duty Elite Founders benefits, such as exclusive Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Operations, will continue. However, with the service now nearly a year old, we have no future plans to offer new enrollments for Founders status.
Q -Will there be a Call of Duty Elite Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2?
A -No, there will not be a Call of Duty Elite Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2. Please visit http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2/ce to see more details on the Collector’s Edition offerings for this year’s Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2.
Q -Will Call of Duty Elite be included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Collector’s Edition?
A -A – No, Call of Duty Elite will not be included in the Collector’s Edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Call of Duty® Elite services for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 are free, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 DLC Map Packs will be offered separately from Call of Duty® Elite.
Q -What platforms will Call of Duty Elite be available on for Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2?
A -Call of Duty Elite will be available at launch on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, on select handheld and tablet devices, and on the Web.
Q -Why is Call of Duty Elite not available on the PC or Wii U game system from Nintendo?
A -We are currently evaluating options for Call of Duty Elite to support the PC and Nintendo’s Wii U™ game system, however Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will not support these two platforms when the game launches on November 13th.
Q -What languages will Call of Duty® Elite be available in?
A -Call of Duty® Elite is available in English, French, and German languages.
Is Black Ops 2 being remastered? Rumors & leaks
Fans have been wondering for sometime if CoD: Black Ops 2 is going to be remastered, and we’ll answer that today.
Several Call of Duty games have received the remaster treatment in recent years, and it’s left fans wondering if the mega-popular Black Ops 2 will get one. Here are all the latest rumors and leaks regarding a Black Ops 2 remaster.
The popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 simply cannot be understated with the game being considered the greatest of all time by many. But fast-forward to 2021, and players want to know if this beloved entry in the CoD franchise will be remastered.
The premise of Call of Duty remasters was kickstarted by the 2016 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered title. Since then, we’ve also had the Modern Warfare 2 campaign be remastered, and there are rumors of Modern Warfare 3 being remastered, despite Activision saying it isn’t.
Is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 being remastered?
From what we understand, no, not at this time. There is absolutely nothing to suggest that any form of Black Ops remaster is in the works.
Naturally, people would think that Treyarch’s Black Ops may receive the same love that the Modern Warfare franchise has gotten, but alas it doesn’t seem to be the case.
Why isn’t Black Ops 2 being remastered?
We believe there could be two strong reasons for Black Ops 2 not being remastered, one being that it would oversaturate the CoD market, and also that we’ve already seen a few of its maps recently.
One of the problems 2016’s Infinite Warfare suffered from is that it released with the full Call of Duty 4 remaster, and consequently, the player base was divided between the two games.
Furthermore, Black Ops Cold War featured no less than seven Black Ops 2 map remasters throughout its multiple seasons, and they feel too fresh in the memory to warrant a remaster of the multiplayer.
We could see a remaster of the Black Ops campaigns, following the successful rerelease of the Modern Warfare 2 campaign.
Activision may have some surprises and remasters up their sleeves, but for the time being, we can only speculate and ask you to keep checking in to see if anything becomes official.
Also, check out everything we know about Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
Infinity Ward announces new Austin office as studio gears up for CoD 2022
The original Call of Duty developer, Infinity Ward, is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas for CoD 2022.
One of the three developers behind the Call of Duty franchise is getting a new office. Infinity Ward is expanding its operations via a new office in Austin, Texas, in preparation for CoD 2022.
Infinity Ward is the developer behind the original Call of Duty game. Activision founded Infinity Ward in 2002, with the first Call of Duty title being released in 2003. This birthed one of the most iconic video game franchises to date.
Infinity Ward would go on to develop Call of Duty 2 in 2005 before alternating developers. Now, Infinity Ward is known for developing the Modern Warfare titles, which are released roughly every three years.
With Infinity Ward releasing the last Modern Warfare title in 2019, the developer is gearing up for another release in 2022. We don’t know what CoD 2022 will be just yet, but we do know that Infinity Ward is expanding its operations with a new office.
Infinity Ward Austin Texas office
Today, Infinity Ward announced via Twitter that it would be opening a new office in Austin, Texas. This would be the fourth development hub for the company, with the other three being located in Los Angeles, Poland, and Mexico.
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This also means that Infinity Ward is hiring. According to Infinity Ward, the Austin office is currently hiring for all positions, and you can find all of the available jobs posted on the Infinity Ward website.
Call of Duty: Vanguard releases in less than a month. It’s taking players back to WWII, where Infinity Ward is expected to bring the franchise back to modern times, with CoD 2022 speculated to be a sequel to Modern Warfare 2019.
That being said, we have no official idea what to expect from Infinity Ward going into 2022, but with the significant success of Modern Warfare 2019, it will no doubt be a Call of Duty game plenty of players will love.
Regardless, Infinity Ward is planning something big, and the new office proves just that. So, if Vanguard isn’t your cup of tea, CoD 2022 is just a year away.
Image Credits: Infinity Ward / Activision
Biggest AAA video games coming in 2022: PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, Stadia & Steam
2022 could be a huge year for video games and here’s all the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and more – with dates.
2022 is shaping up to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises such as God of War, Gran Turismo, Horizon, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s an extensive look into the biggest games and potential release dates too.
The beginning of 2022 will signal over a year since the PS5, and Xbox Series X took video games to the ninth generation of consoles. Developers have had plenty of time to chew the fat and harness the power of the consoles to create immense AAA experiences.
There’s also plenty of mileage left for the Nintendo Switch, and of course, PC, Stadia, and Steam are always on the march.
PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022
Some genuinely iconic franchises and household names are expected to launch video games in 2022, so here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.
God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022
Players got a juicy look at the next epic adventure in Santa Monica’s God of War franchise during the 2021 PlayStation Experience. Kratos and Atreus are set to battle with Freya, possibly Thor, and their own demons.
God of War Ragnarok looks like it’s expanded upon the reboot to incorporate more NPCs, more spectacular gameplay, and a gripping narrative that will test the bond between father and son.
Horizon Forbidden West release date: February 18, 2022
Aloy is one of the standout protagonists in gaming during modern times, and her post-apocalyptic adventures are set to continue in Horizon Forbidden West.
She seeks to uncover even more truth and learn about the state of the world she resides in, all the while battling even more dangerous robotic creatures and nature itself.
Elden Ring release date: January 21, 2022
One of the first games to arrive in 2022, Elden Ring is the next sinister and challenging game to come from the sadistic bunch at FromSoftware.
Their track record at producing brutal yet satisfying RPGs will be tested in the form of Elden Ring, their newest ‘Souls’ game. Unlike previous FromSoftware games, there seems to be a much deeper emphasis on the story with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin on board to help with the narrative.
Pokemon Legends: Arceus release date: January 28, 2022
Unlike the typical dual-releases that Pokemon specializes in, Pokemon Legends: Arceus is a standalone game that continues the growth shown in recent, mainline Pokemon titles.
Embracing the open-world nature of 2020’s Pokemon Sword and Shield, Arceus is a brand new adventure that will involve all the familiar, beloved elements of Pokemon games: obtaining them, training them, leveling them, and catching them all!
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction release date: January 2022
Another spin-off, this time from the team at Ubisoft as they take a drastic turn away from the realism of simulated combat.
Instead, Rainbow Six Extraction delves into the world of the unknown, and non-human, as teams of three pull together to take down alien creatures called Archaeans. It will feature lots of the same gameplay mechanics and Operators from Siege, but with a darker, deadly twist.
Dying Light 2 release date: February 4, 2022
The long-awaited sequel to the hit 2015 survival-adventure game, Dying Light 2 promises to bring more parkour-zombie-survival action that made the first such a breakout success.
Offering more open-world exploration, the player must scavenge, forge friendships (and weapons), and deal with both friendly and hostile forces.
As with the first Dying Light, players need to make the most of the precious daylight before night strikes, as the undead gets a bit more fidgety and murderous.
Gran Turismo 7 release date: March 4, 2022
Polyphony Digital is infamous for taking their time between each Gran Turismo release to ensure every one is as polished as can be, and the PS5 looks set to make Gran Turismo 7 one of the best-looking games ever.
Like with God of War Ragnarok, the 2021 PlayStation Experience gave fans a glimpse into the high-speed action they can expect with Gran Turismo 7.
It’s learned from its predecessor’s mistakes and will launch with a complete career mode, and could be a bonafide system-seller for Sony and the PlayStation brand.
Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: 2022
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could easily be one of the most anticipated games of all time.
Breath of the Wild took the world by storm in 2017 with its rich, expressive world that deviated from the conventions of traditional Zelda games. Many millions of copies sold later, and fans everywhere are desperate for the next chapter for Link in this gorgeous, sprawling version of Hyrule.
Call of Duty 2022 release date: 2022
It wouldn’t be a year of video games without a major Call of Duty release, and we expect 2022 to be no different.
Given that there’s already a buzz about Call of Duty 2023, we would say it’s safe to assume that another Call of Duty game will release in 2022.
With Vanguard being set in World War 2, rumors are rife that the 2022 Call of Duty will be a Modern Warfare sequel.
Gotham Knights release date: 2022
A Gotham City without the caped crusader is a strange thought, but that’s the threat that faces it as Bruce Wayne is dead.
In Batman’s place, his former proteges need to step up and protect Gotham, batting away any threats of crime perpetrated by some of its most evil supervillains. Featuring co-operative mode, players can take control of these plucky heroes and hopefully do Batman proud.
Hogwarts Legacy release date: 2022
There have been many Harry Potter movie tie-in games, but there still hasn’t been an authentic RPG experience that lets you become your own wizard – until now.
Hogwarts Legacy will let fans worldwide finally live out their dream of attending Hogwarts, and the game allows players to select their House, the classes they do, and customize their character, all the while fighting monsters and completing quests.
That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games that are due to arrive in 2022.
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