Black Ops II launch trailer out a little early

No, you're not seeing things. Call of Duty: Black Ops II isn't due to hit shelves until mid next month, but Activision has shared with us the game's launch trailer, just to make sure you're well and truly back in black by the time the game arrives.

Meanwhile, there is some other interesting news coming out of the Treyarch camp - the studio has just confirmed that when Black Ops II launches on November 13th, gamers will get the entire Call of Duty Elite service absolutely free.

Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg explains:

We've learned a lot in our first year of Call of Duty Elite, and we're very proud that we over delivered on our commitment of playable content to our premium members. What we have realized is that several of the Call of Duty Elite services which are currently only available to our premium members for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 are things that would further unite, engage and delight our player community. So we are going to make them free for Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

So - what's in store? Treyarch is preparing four new DLC map packs, available either individually or through the Black Ops II Season Pass. This is another time where being an Xbox 360 fan pays off - all the new content will hit that console first, before trickling out to PC and PS3. Expect the usual fun stuff - serious multiplayer content and some playable zombie adventures - and it's all unfolding in 2013.

Call of Duty Elite will also continue to evolve as the "definitive Call of Duty headquarters", boasting some pretty impressive new or enhanced features:

  • Player HQ — Track Call of Duty: Black Ops II performance with rich game statistics, including enhanced match information such as heat maps and recent match data; track challenges and extensively modify your classes like never before using Treyarch's new Pick 10 Create-a-Class system.
  • Clan HQ — Join an existing clan or start your own, invite friends and then take part in Call of Duty: Black Ops II clan competitions with cool digital prizing.
  • Zombies Support — For the millions of Zombies fans out there, now you can track your Zombies personal statistics and compare it to other players' around the world.
  • Call of Duty Elite TV — Launching with tablet support with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the new Call of Duty Elite TV will deliver a renewed community focus featuring developer tips and strategy programming, custom class overviews and more.
  • Social Sharing and Notifications — With Call of Duty Elite's new notification system, you can stay updated with what is going on in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as well as communicate directly with your clan.

If you've already got a Call of Duty Elite premium membership through Modern Warfare 3, don't fret - you'll still get all your perks and benefits up until the end of your current subscription, and then it will automatically switch over to the free mode.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is set to launch around the world on November 13th, for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Another version is due out in later November for the Wii U - it's "expected" on November 18th in North America and November 30th for Europe and other territories.

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