Not even a month into 2019 and we already have a new Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Black Market scandal, this time centered around a smiley-face aiming reticle.
The Smiley reticle was recently added to the game’s Black Market progress pass shop for 200 COD Points, or about $2. While this may seem like a trivial amount to some, it’s important to note that, unlike most of the other content in the Black Market, the Smiley reticle cannot be unlocked through progress, only purchase.
You can see the reticle for yourself in the below screens, which show it off both in the Black Market and in-game.
This isn’t the first time Black Ops 4 has nickle-and-dimed players for reticles, but what makes this gouging particularly offensive is that this exact reticle was available in Black Ops and Black Ops III for free. When Eurogamer reached out to Activision about this attempt to pinch our pockets, the publisher declined to comment.
Back in November, Black Ops 4‘s Black Market was met with some of its most pushback yet. This earlier scandal was quite a bit pricier than the one above, asking upwards of $20 for what amounted to little more than two weapon skins.