Our worst Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fears have been realized. Publisher Activision has announced that, not only will none of the game’s core post-launch content drop for free, as we had hoped, but it will all be locked behind a season pass.
Many questions arose about Black Ops 4‘s season pass- aka Black Ops Pass- when it was detailed alongside the game’s special editions earlier this week. Activision’s blog post specified that multiplayer maps and other DLC content wouldn’t be consolidated to large packs, and would instead be released more steadily throughout the year. The phrasing of the Black Ops Pass’ description suggested that the content would not be available separately, but Activision didn’t specifically address this until recently.
In a new support FAQ, Activision confirmed that the only way to unlock post-launch content is to buy the season pass, stating “the contents included in Black Ops Pass may only be purchased as a bundle.” Other questions answered in the FAQ include what bundles the pass is included in, whether or not it can be purchased standalone, and more.
This new post-launch content direction will split the community more than ever before, and it seems particularly out of place in this current E3 season, following games like Battlefield V, which announced free post-launch content support. Naturally, the Call of Duty community is less than thrilled about this revelation, as they express on the game’s subReddit. Developer Treyarch Studios attempted to join the conversation by bringing attention to its support of Black Ops III as evidence of its “commitment” to the playerbase, but predictably, players were having none of it in the comments below.
The backlash following this announcement is reminiscent of that which followed Star Wars Battlefront II‘s loot box controversy. If that scandal serves as an example, the community may get Activision to change direction if enough of us make our voices heard, just try to do it in a constructive, non-profane way.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Source: Activision FAQ