Call of Duty: Elite Now Free

Commencing with the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, the Elite platform will offer all online services at no extra cost. A range of additional game content will now be available through a Black Ops 2 DLC 'season pass'. Priced at 4000 Microsoft Points (about $50), It'll offer four map packs featuring fresh multiplayer and Zombies content. The four DLC packages will be released across 2013, Activision said, and each be acquired for 1200 Microsoft Points ($15). 

Previously, a premium Elite subscription offered an extra tier of services and guaranteed early access to downloadable map packs. This time around, it appears that early access to DLC is no longer available, though Xbox 360 players will be able to purchase a season pass for $50. The season pass will include access to four map packs throughout 2013. With each map pack normally priced at $15, season pass holders will save a total of $10.

No season pass has been announced for PS3, Wii U or PC and, in fact, the press release notes that "season pass and DLC map packs may not be available on all gaming platforms." It seems unlikely that Activision would neglect to offer such lucrative DLC on every possible platform, though the language is worth noting.