Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 is the latest heavily anticipated entry in Activision’s blockbuster Call Of Duty first-person shooter franchise. More importantly, its upcoming appearance on Nintendo’s Wii U console is a strong indicator of how well the console will highlight the kinds of “hardcore” games that have become so popular on other consoles of late. Unfortunately, it seems that the console’s unique quirks are making that plan more difficult than anticipated.
In an email sent to Kotaku, Activision has confirmed that when Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 hits the Wii U it will be lacking one important feature found in its Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 incarnations: Call Of Duty Elite.
“We are currently evaluating options for Call of Duty Elite to support Nintendo’s Wii U game system, however Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will not support this platform when the game launches on November 13th,” an Activision representative wrote.
For those of you scratching your heads at this, Call Of Duty Elite is something of a social networking service directly connected to Activision’s Call Of Duty games. It allow players to communicate with one another outside of games, check their own stats, and gives them early access to certain gameplay features. Activision had planned to celebrate the release of Black Ops 2 by making the Elite service completely free of charge (previously it was a subscription service), but it seems that only Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC gamers will be able to take advantage of the company’s generosity.
As to why the Wii U game won’t initially see Elite support, that’s still a mystery. Activision is saying nothing on the topic, and while we suspect it has something to do with how Nintendo built the Wii U’s online functionality, nobody really knows for sure. Likewise, we don’t know if Activision has plans to ever bring Elite to the Wii U. It’s entirely possible that the statement above was just an effort at being optimistic. The bottom line here is that if you were planning to buy Black Ops 2 for the Wii U, you shouldn’t expect to see Call Of Duty Elite.