Black Ops 2’s Season Pass confuses me

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A Season Pass for the next Call of Duty, Black Ops 2 was reportedly prematurely outed by the official Call of Duty site – giving gamers 4 map packs at a discounted price. Colour me confused, but isn’t this what Call of Duty Elite is supposed to be for?

Here’s what the hastily pulled announcement said :

THE ULTIMATE WAY TO GET MORE OF CALL OF DUTY®: BLACK OPS 2.

4 EPIC DLC MAP PACKS – 1 GREAT PRICE AT $10 OFF*

Get 4 Call of Duty®: Black Ops 2 downloadable content Map Packs, delivering a variety of new content, including Multiplayer and Zombies playable content.

Save $10, at discounted suggested retail price of £34.99*
Content expected to be available in 2013 – following the game’s launch on 11/13/12
Check for availability at your local Game Stop or Best Buy.

*Based on Season Pass suggested retail price of £34.99 and four DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $14.99 each.

**Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all platforms or in all territories. Pricing and release dates may vary by platform. Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 game required; sold separately

The odd mashing of Dollars and Pounds together aside, it’s a fair saving for fans of the shooter, but still,  35 squid? That works out, by direct conversion, to $56 US. A year-long subscription to Call of Duty Elite is supposed to include all the DLC for all Call of Duty games, and that clocks in at $49 – which leads me to believe in one of three possible outcomes:

  • The price of Call of Duty Elite (which to my knowledge isn’t yet available in South Africa) is going to be increased, making the Season Pass seem “worth it.”
  • Call of Duty Elite will evolve (devolve?) in to a completely free service – and will no longer include free DLC or
  • Call of Duty Elite won’t be integrated in to Black Ops 2 as tightly as it was with Modern Warfare 3, making the Season Pass the only viable way of getting cheaper map packs.

Elite is currently undergoing a transformation, but Elite 2.0 as it’s being called hasn’t been detailed very much. Couple that with words from Activision’s Noah Heller last year that "Long term, we’re making Elite and the game synonymous," and murmurings of something called “Elite Free”  and my money’s on number 2.

Last Updated: October 15, 2012

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