Next Call Of Duty faces backlash over “community-splitting” content pass

Next Call Of Duty faces backlash over “community-splitting” content pass

Call of Duty fans are furious as Activision reveals a swathe of season-pass exclusive content for Black Ops 4.

The Black Ops pass includes an extra at-launch zombies experience (with four more down the line), and four exclusive characters for the battle-royale Blackout. What’s really riling up players are twelve multiplayer maps, as the player base will once again be split between DLC haves and have-nots.

Worse, these maps will not be available in individual packs as in games before. It’s pass or no pass for this content, and right now we don’t know how much that’ll cost. Activision confirmed this in an online FAQ, explaining that the rate of new content has pulled them away from selling individual level packs.

A representative for developer Treyarch said: “With Black Ops 3, we're three years after release, and we continue to support it with new content and continuous updates - and we're not even done yet. Our commitment to the game has maintained engagement, and Black Ops 4 has far more post-release updates planned for the entire community. In fact, it's a game that was built for expansion.”

This comes as competitors like EA’s Battlefield and Battlefront titles continue to offer free maps, earning their post-launch monetization through cosmetics and loot crates. Activision’s other shooter, Destiny, likewise doesn’t sell multiplayer map packs for its Crucible segment.

Paid map packs have long been a sticking point for Call Of Duty players, often resulting in maps going completely unused and matchmaking times increasing across the board.

Black Ops 4 is due to release 12th October this year.

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