With the launch of the Wii U console exactly one month away, the coverage of both the hardware and the games continues to intensify, as does scrutiny by gamers. Some are eagerly awaiting Nintendo’s first high definition console, while others remain jaded and unenthused. One of the key areas that Nintendo is aiming to improve over this past console generation is with their cross-platform titles, someting many feel that the original Wii fell short of providing. One of the highest profile titles is Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the newest entry from in the annual blockbuster FPS series. While we can’t yet assess how the Wii U version will play compared to its Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 counterparts, there is already some news that might plant doubts in the minds of gamer.
One of the key features that was launched with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 was Call of Duty Elite, an online service designed to enhance your experience with the game. By incorporating the ability to remotely control aspects of your game, connect with players who share similar stats and interests and providing access to exclusive DLC, it proved to be a novel idea. Activision has confirmed that the Elite service will carry over to Black Ops II, however there is a catch. While the service will be operational for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 versions, it will not be available on the Wii U at the time of launch. That, combined with the fact that it is being released five days later than the others, will likely put the Wii U version at a disadvantage in the eyes of some.
The reasons for this omission are not clear, though some speculate that it could be due to the unique architecture of the Wii U console. Given that Black Ops II will have a strong focus on multiplayer, the big questions is how the Wii U will support it and how it will compare to other, more established services like Xbox Live. The 0ther potential issue is with the distribution of DLC, which was provided early and at a discounted rate for subscribers to the Elite service. While there is no doubt that it will eventually be available across all platforms, how the unique circumstances surrounding the Wii U will help or hinder that remains to be seen. On the plus side for those getting this version of the game, it has only been confirmed that Elite will miss the launch date. It has not been cancelled altogether, at least not yet.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II was developed by Treyarch and will be released on November 13, 2012 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. The Wii U version will be released along with the console launch on November 18, 2012.