Just when Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 updates started to separate the game from its rocky launch period, a new monetization scandal is ticking players off once more.
In a recent update to the shooter, a purchasable Order called Fall Firearms was added to the game’s Black Market battle pass shop, from which players can unlock two signature weapon skins, along with some calling cards and tags. The problem is that this measly content drop is going for the COD Point equivalent of $20.
Only the Strife’s Divine Justice skin do you actually unlock almost right out of the gate by buying the pack, while the second skin—the Maddox’s Carbon Cobra—requires exhaustive gameplay progress before it becomes available. To throw salt on the wound, Divine Justice was originally a preorder bonus for Black Ops 4.
There is the option to automatically progress through the tiers to unlock the skins, if you’re willing to throw down even more money. Understandably, the community is in a bit of an uproar over this greed, and some players are even using the opportunity to screw Activision by selling the Divine Justice preorder code for cheaper online.
The Black Market shop has been one of the most contentious aspects of Black Ops 4, with many calling for a change or outright removal. While the Black Market seems to be only getting worse, Treyarch, to its credit, has at least picked up the pace lately with updates to the core gameplay.