Last month, Activision announced Call of Duty Elite 2.0 during an earnings call. Today, Activision social media manager Dan Amrich has clarified exactly what that means.
In a post on his blog, Amrich explains that the service will not require a separate subscription. Instead, it's simply a slew of new features for the current Elite service.
"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."
No specific release window for Elite 2.0 has been confirmed, but, as Amrich notes, new Call of Duty is in the works and will likely be released around the same time.