Black Ops 4 DLC to Be Sold Exclusively in Season Pass

Call of Duty publisher Activision is employing a different downloadable content plan for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this year. Although the new...
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    Call of Duty publisher Activision is employing a different downloadable content plan for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this year. Although the new setup is meant to provide players with a more regular cadence of DLC releases, Activision’s all-or-nothing sales strategy for the add-ons is less customer-friendly than it used to be.

    In previous years, Activision offered a Call of Duty season pass that covers multiple post-launch DLC packs — four of them released over the course of a year, usually. As you’d expect, it was cheaper to purchase the season pass than to buy the add-ons individually. For instance, the season pass for 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII costs $49.99, while the DLC packs cost $14.99 each (for a total of $59.96).

    This time around, Activision and developer Treyarch is offering a package called the Black Ops Pass for Black Ops 4. It will give players a “bonus Zombies experience” named Classified at launch; fans are speculating that Classified consists of a remastered version of Five, a beloved Zombies map from 2010’s Call of Duty: Black Ops.

    Here’s what else is included in the Black Ops Pass:
    • 4 Additional All-New Zombies Experiences
    • 12 Multiplayer Maps
    • 4 Exclusive Blackout Characters
    “We’re redefining the digital content season for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 by delivering more content with more frequency,” Activision said in an FAQ on its support site. The publisher did not provide a specific rollout schedule, although it seems like the amount of content in the Black Ops Pass will be comparable to that of previous season passes: The first two Call of Duty: WWII DLC packs each contained three multiplayer maps and one Zombies chapter.

    The reveal trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s multiplayer component.

    The Black Ops Pass is included in Black Ops 4’s three special editions: the $99.99 Digital Deluxe Edition, the $119.99 Pro Edition (a physical package that is exclusive to GameStop) and the $129.99 Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition. The pricing suggests that the Black Ops Pass would cost $40 on its own, but that’s an educated guess — Activision is not currently selling it by itself.

    The publisher did note that if players decide later that they want the Black Ops Pass, they’ll be able to upgrade a copy of the stand-alone game to an edition that includes the season pass. (It’s not clear if this option will be available for physical copies; we’ve asked Activision for clarification and will update this article with any information we receive.)

    Activision is forcing Black Ops 4 players to decide between two unappealing options

    Either way, the bigger problem is that Activision won’t be selling any of the Black Ops Pass content individually: You’ll have to buy all of it or none of it.

    “The contents included in Black Ops Pass may only be purchased as a bundle,” the publisher said in the FAQ. In essence, Activision is forcing Black Ops 4 players to decide between two unappealing options: forking over $40 (or more) for a yearlong schedule of DLC — sight unseen — or not being able to play any of the game’s post-release content.

    Source: Polygon

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  1. Harry
    This is one of the stupidest things I've seen within a COD series. Why would people pay for this, when nothing has been confirmed in regards to DLC and we can't also guarantee if the content will even be any good. I tend to stop playing the games after DLC 2/3 anyway, so this would be a waste of money for myself. I just hope Treyarch don't ruin the Black Ops franchise with this stupid stuff, they're going the right way about it though!
    1. AzzidReign
      Meh...I thought it was ruined with blops3. Just went against everything 1 and 2 were.
      Harry likes this.
    2. Harry
      I'd say blops3 was a good game but I agree it wasn't as good as the previous titles. Treyarch do make good games, but they also make bad decisions.
  2. AzzidReign
    This is dumb. When I would buy, it would typically be separate since I would usually stop playing prior to the 2nd DLC drop. Guess I'll just keep playing Rocket League and not bother with this CoD unless something compelling emerges.
      Atlas likes this.
  3. Atlas
    The fact that they aren't selling the DLC pass separately leaves me feeling skeptical. Also, $40 for 4 zombies maps and 12 multiplayer maps isn't bad. WWII's pass was more than that. I don't like the idea of pre-ordering these big bundles nowadays without some assurances that the content will be decent. Can't believe I'd get to the point where I don't think I'll be buying a Treyarch CoD.
    1. Keeley Hazell
      I feel like they did it for money obviously and that it won't split people up who buy 1 and not all the DLCs. They don't have enough players for that anymore lol.