Activision has announced its Call of Duty Elite premium service is going away. We’re not talking next week or next month, either. It means immediately. Elite will cease to exist February 28 at 1 p.m. ET. Over the service’s lifespan it acquired 10 million members, two million of them with paid memberships. The premium version of Elite cost $50 a year when it launched in 2011 with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Despite touting it as a huge success, Activision revamped it the following year. Most of the things Elite provided, such as stats and social networking, came free with Black Ops 2 in 2012.Then Activision folded them into the companion app for . So there’s little reason for Elite to exist as a separate thing anymore.
In a FAQ, Activision explained Elite was designed to work with older titles such as Black Ops. Founding members will get to keep the special emblem they earned and keep displaying it on their player card. Your clan medals from clan ops and clan challenges will be lost to the annals of history. Anyone who has logged into Elite since Jan. 1 will get two hours of Double XP in Ghosts. The message here is clear: put down that Modern Warfare and start playing already. It’s not a message everyone agrees with, Ghosts didn’t outsell Black Ops 2. That ends a lengthy streak of sales records for Activision’s long running military shooter.
Hey, it’s Activision. Nobody was surprised it conceived a way to institute a World of Warcraft-ish fee into its other biggest cash cow. Two million customers did decide it was something they needed to have.
Now if you have a pressing need to give Activision another $50, there is always the Season Pass. It allows you to download four map packs and a four episode Extinction experience. If purchased before May 31, that content will follow you to consoles in the same family. The first expansion pack, Onslaught, is already available.
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