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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Expanding Its Arsenal with Microtransactions

Posted by Sammy Barker

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 may have managed to stave off the dreaded online pass – but the lure of microtransactions has proved too much for the title to resist. Activision has confirmed that the first-person shooter will be upgraded with a slew of small items in the coming weeks, which will allow you to further customise your game.

For approximately $1.99, you’ll be able to unlock ten more Create-a-Class slots for emblems, films, and screenshots. Meanwhile, for roughly $0.99 per region, you’ll get a few new Flags of the World calling cards. Finally, Personalisation Packs will let you customise your weapon, calling card, and reticule for around $1.99. Examples include the, er, bacon skin pictured through here.

If you’re angered by the addition of microtransactions, then you should probably know that Activision is also giving away the Nuketown 2025 map to those that didn’t pre-order the game. As per Microsoft’s exclusivity contract, there’s no word on when this content will come to the PlayStation 3. We suspect that you won’t have to wait too long, though.

[via oneofswords.com]

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get2sammybAdmin

#3

get2sammyb said:

I don't have a big deal with this. It's really superfluous stuff — if people want it, then I don't really see what's wrong with them paying for it.

Kayoss

#4

Kayoss said:

I honestly missed the old days where extra contents were unlocked by doing things in the game. Such as unlocking secret weapons, unlocking secret playable characters, secret levels, secret items, etc. It bring replay values without the added cost

get2sammybAdmin

#5

get2sammyb said:

@Kayoss You're right, but the reality is that this content probably wouldn't exist if it wasn't for microtransactions. There's more than enough content to unlock in the vanilla game.

rastamadeus

#6

rastamadeus said:

@Kayoss Except that is still in the game, isn't it? This is meaningless stuff that nobody other than hardcore COD players and idiots will care about, like personalising your emblem. Who gives a rats ass about that really? As long as the real extras (levels, weapons, characters, etc) can be won via the game then there's nothing wrong with microtransactions. It's when those important extras aren't able to be got in game that it becomes a problem.

Kayoss

#7

Kayoss said:

@sammy@rastamadeus,
I agree with you guys that micro transactions are for item that may not affect the game play. I was talking about in general. But think about it, if this becomes popular what will stop developers from pushing this concepts to game changing purchase? We see it in dlc and exclusive contents who to say this may not happen with micro transaction? Maybe I'm worrying too much but I had the same feeling when dlc was introduced.

Cirno

#9

Cirno said:

Makes sense, it has so many blind fanboys that milking them with microtransactions is the next logical thing. Maybe they think a flag will make them better a noscoping or some crap.

MadchesterManc

#10

MadchesterManc said:

Dont Activision make enough money from the COD series as it is? Then again ive no sympathy for COD fans anyway as they get milked every year

divinelite

#12

divinelite said:

what the difference DLC and micro transaction?

well Treasure of Montezuma got Crystal DLC (and that's micro transaction)

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