Activision is officially pulling the plug on the Call of Duty: Elite multiplayer online service this Friday, February 28th. The publisher reasoned that many of the features which originally made Elite what it was are now incorporated into new Call of Duty titles like Ghosts, which supports the Call of Duty Mobile app for tablets and smartphones.
First launched in 2011 alongside Modern Warfare 3, Elite provided premium members with access to match analysis, skill tracking, custom classes, clan management, and of course privileged access to DLC. By August 2012, Elite attracted some 12 million subscribers, of which 2.3 million were premium members. Premium service required a $49.99 USD annual subscription with MW3, but eventually became free with the release of Black Ops II.
Activision has provided a customer support page with additional details ahead of Elite's shutdown. No, it won't be coming back as we know it.