Black Ops II gets $50 DLC pass

Four map pack and Zombie expansions for upcoming Call of Duty included with season pass; all DLC to again release for Xbox 360 first; Call of Duty: Elite becoming free.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be the latest game to offer a downloadable content season pass. Activision announced a $50 Black Ops II DLC pass today that includes four expansions. These will arrive first on Xbox Live and will also be available for standalone purchase at $15 each.

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Activision did not offer much in the way of specifics regarding DLC for Black Ops II, but did say that they will take the form of multiplayer maps and Zombies content. These offerings are expected to be made available beginning in 2013.

The Black Ops II season pass was announced only for Xbox 360. It is unclear if it will also be offered for PlayStation 3, PC, or Wii U. Activision's announcement today stated, "Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all gaming platforms."

Additionally, Activision announced today that all features for its Call of Duty: Elite social service for Black Ops II will be free. Elite launched with Modern Warfare 3 last year and carried a $50 yearly price tag. A paid subscription to the service granted gamers a host of downloadable content delivered every month.

The Call of Duty: Elite platform for Black Ops II will boast a number of revisions to existing features as well as new offerings altogether. Some of these include a dedicated Zombies channel where players can track their personal statistics and tablet support for Call of Duty: Elite TV, which will feature developer tips, among other things.

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