Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s inevitable season pass will reportedly only comprise of the game’s post-launch Zombies content, with all DLC multiplayer maps allegedly coming to players in a vastly more accessible manner.
Details on different launch-day editions of the game was part of the information missing from Black Ops 4‘s recent reveal event, leaving fans in the dark about what the developer has planned for the game’s season pass. Retailers haven’t proven to be much help on the matter, as most seem to only be offering a standard version of the game at this time, with one apparent exception.
Fans found the “Specialist Edition” of Black Ops 4 listed on the EB Games Australia website. The edition goes for $119.95, and features a 5″ statue, a custom steel case, 1,100 COD Points (recently confirmed by the game’s Battle.Net listing), and “bonus digital items.” More notable, however, is what this special edition does not include: a season pass.
According to multiple sources speaking with Gaming Intel, the season pass’ absence from Black Ops 4‘s primary special edition is due to the game moving away from the series’ conventional “four multiplayer map/one Zombies map” DLC model. Instead, the sources claim that multiplayer maps will be released for free, with one or two dropping every month, as opposed to the bundled three or four maps every couple months. As for Zombies, these maps will reportedly get their own season pass, but it is currently unclear if this means the season pass will be cheaper than usual, or that fans will see more Zombies maps per DLC drop.
Gaming Intel reports that the intention behind this paradigm shift is to keep the multiplayer community together, as Treyarch has recognized a steady dropoff of the playerbase following the release of each expansion in previous games. The decision may also be influenced by the game’s recently confirmed—yet not fully detailed—Blackout battle royale mode. As it seems to be one mode and one map at launch, a DLC paywall could hamper the experience moving forward.
This new DLC direction was also hinted at in a recent developer interview.
“I can’t tell you at this point in time what that’s going to look like,” Treyarch co-studio head Dan Bunting told Polygon. “But I can tell you that we are pushing hard to release content to our fans in a way that’s going to make them happy and a way that we believe is the right thing to do in this stage in our game’s lifespan.”
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is slated to launch October 12th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Many were holding out hope that, even after the reveal, Treyarch may still validate the reports that claimed the shooter would launch on the Nintendo Switch, but the developer recently confirmed that it has no such plans.
Source: Gaming Intel