Call of Duty Elite was a lucrative, but ultimately short-lived, experiment by Activision. The company experimented with a subscription model with Modern Warfare 3, but opted to switch back to a more traditional Season Pass model with Black Ops 2. "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 2," Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg said at the time. With Ghosts, the company offloaded many of those services to a standalone app.
Elite services are still running for Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2--but not for much longer. The service will end this Friday.
"Origins" will take players into a WWI-themed zombies campaign, starring the four original heroes from the first Zombies map: Tank, Nikolia, Takeo, and Rictofen. The story promises to explore the origins of the zombie "saga," while giving players access to new supernatural Wonder Weapons, a Mark IV tank, and more--as players try to avoid getting stomped by giant mechs.