Originally Posted by thestand
No, you don't have to get it. CoD is still free-to-play online, and even more than that, 90% of Elite is free, and available to everyone. But Elite Premium includes all DLC for the game ($60 dollars worth), and includes early access to said DLC, for less money. Also includes other stuff for hardcore gamers, including contests for real prizes.
If you end up paying less altogether for everything it makes a bit more sense to buy it now. At least to me it does. Although I only bought 1 of the DLCs for BO, I think I bought all of them for MW2. Getting early access is a nice incentive too.