Call of Duty: Black Ops II is right around the corner, and it's time to make it all the more attractive to consumers.

Today, Activision Publishing has announced that the Call of Duty Elite services for the hotly anticipated blockbuster will be free for BOII when the game launches on November 13. This means that both new and existing subscribers to Elite's services will be able to enjoy all the extra stuff for no charge.

Said Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg:

"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."

However, it's important to note that the four DLC map packs scheduled for the game are not part of Elite; if you want those, you should look into the Season Pass. This will deliver all four packs for 4,000 Microsoft Points ($49.99), which offers a savings of about $15, as each pack will retail for $14.99. And of course, these packs will debut on Xbox Live as usual. As Hirshberg clarified:

"For Call of Duty: Black Ops II, DLC Map Packs will be a separate offering from Call of Duty Elite. The Season Pass will be a great way to acquire all four Map Packs at a discount, but if our fans would rather take it one Map Pack at a time, then we'll offer each pack á la carte for anyone who wants it. What we aren't doing is requiring a paid membership to access the great player services for Call of Duty: Black Ops II and we're thrilled to offer all of Elite's Call of Duty: Black Ops II features to players for free."

So don't make the mistake of thinking that DLC is free. Elite extras are free, though, so that's something.