During a recent earnings call, Activision announced Call of Duty: Elite 2.0. The tease confused fans, and lead many to suspect they would have to pay for an additional service. Today, in post on his blog, Activision social media manager Dan Amrich detailed the service and what players can expect with its new features.
"This shareholder tease led some people to assume that they would have to buy two subscriptions to Elite — the one you have now and a new one for the forthcoming game. Nope," Amrich writes. "This is more about upgrading and revising the service that currently exists. They always promised Elite would evolve, but now they clearly have some specific upgrades in mind timed to the next game."
"It helps to remember that Elite is a service, not a boxed product," he adds. "Consider Xbox Live. You need an annual subscription to get what it offers, but when Microsoft added more video programming and updated the dashboard interface and made it more Kinect-friendly, as they did late last year, you didn't need a second XBL subscription to see those changes. Same thing here. 'Elite 2.0' is just a short, software way of saying 'significant improvements are in the works.' Hope that makes it clear for anybody who was still fuzzy."
So, in a nutshell, 2.0 is a slew of new features for the current Elite service that'll most likely enhance the upcoming Call of Duty title, which many expect to be Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief, though; you won't have to pay for an entirely new service (just another CoD title).