Black Ops 4 DLC will only be available to season pass holders


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Like many games, previous Call of Duty entries have offered players the option of buying a season pass that includes all future DLC releases. While this does work out cheaper than buying each piece of content individually, many players prefer to choose which DLC packs to buy, rather than committing to them all.

With Black Ops 4, however, that choice has been taken away. The pass contains a "bonus Zombies experience" called ‘Classified, four extra "all-new Zombies experiences," four exclusive Blackout characters, and 12 multiplayer maps.

There are three special editions of the game that come with the season pass: a $99.99 Digital Deluxe Edition, a $119.99 Pro Edition that is exclusive to GameStop, and a $129.99 Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition.

Activision isn’t currently selling the Black Ops season pass on its own, that will arrive at a later date and probably cost around $40, if not more. In the meantime, it’s advising anyone who wants the pass to upgrade their pre-ordered stand-alone game to an edition that includes it.

“The contents included in Black Ops Pass may only be purchased as a bundle,” Activision explains, in the FAQ.

Being forced into either buying a season pass or not being able to play any future DLC is bad enough, but it’s made all the worse by the fact that Black Ops 4 has no single-player campaign. As it's a multiplayer-only title, demanding an extra $40+ for maps that really should have already been in the game (or released for free later) hasn’t gone down well with fans.

Treyarch has responded to the outcry, assuring the community that it is "very much listening to your thoughts, comments, and ideas," but it isn’t changing its mind about releasing the DLC separately, apparently. Whether the outcry eventually sees Activision reverse its stance before the game’s arrival remains to be seen.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is out on October 12 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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Knot Schure

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Well, that what the COD "gamers" deserve. They've told Activision that greed pays time and time again with their yearly rehashed game releases.

Haven't bought a COD game since I got Ghosts on sale for $20 years ago. And even then that was a bit expensive for how old it was.
Ghosts was the best one to date.

Knot Schure

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Fed up with hacking in MW3, then BOPS2, then Ghosts, I tried the demo of BOPS3 before buying, and it was a complete hack-fest.

I didn't purchase another COD since.

And that is how I'll roll until they get hackers under control.

Cal Jeffrey

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Record companies did the same thing for years.

"Oh you like XYZ's new songs 'Something' and 'Whatever?' Here then take those two songs, worth about $2, and we'll give you 8 other garbage songs all for the low, low price of $15."

This sales model is still being used to some extent, but with streaming services and music à la carte, I don't think it is as effective anymore. I think it's novel that Activision is trying to dust off this old technique of bundling garbage to give the appearance of value, but I don't think it'll work. As I have stressed, it's an out-dated sales tactic and there is too much competition for it to work for long.

Hey, but what do I know?


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CoD hasnt been doing as well as it had been the last few yrs. But if the moronic kids keep buying it, they will continue to sell however n what they like.
You want change to happen, DO NOT BUY CoD.
There are tons of better games out n coming anyways.

As for the hacking/cheating, this is why Steam is no longer being used, Battlenet can control things much better. VAC is crap n everyone knows it.


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Hahaha this is awesome. When they just use the name Black Ops to make sales and put nothing in the game that represents the real image of CIA black ops, looks like Fortnite mercenaries to me. LMFAO