That's great news for fans of the series, but what all does the Elite service include?
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.
By going for the Season Pass route and free Elite service, this ensures that all players on the Xbox 360 will have access to the new DLC content the moment it's released. Yes, Xbox 360 players will again get all of the DLC as a timed exclusive before other platforms.
The Season Pass for Black Ops 2 will run you an additional $49.99 (USD), or you can buy each of the four packs separately at $15 a piece. There is still no word yet on whether or not PC gamers will have access to Elite. If Modern Warfare 3's integration with Elite is anything to go on, PC gamers shouldn't hold their breath.
(More information at Call of Duty)