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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 gets microtransactions

Dramatic reenactment: "Eighth game in as many years?" "Yep." Offer pre-orders for the season pass?" "Already printing the posters." "Change zombies mode?" "We added a bus." "Damn. What else could we do to make gamers irrationally angry?" "Well, there's one thing we've yet to try..."

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will get microtransactions later this week on Xbox 360, Activision blogger Dan Amrich revealed today. The small purchases which range from $1 to $5 offer various upgrades, from additional weapon skins to extra create-a-class slots.

Of particular note are the Personalization Packs, which offer up a unique weapon camo, new targeting reticles, and a custom calling card--each for 160 Microsoft points. Ever want to wrap your preferred firearm in your preferred breakfast meat? Invest in the Bacon Personalization Pack. Nation-specific calling cards will also be available in regional packs for 80 MSP.

Treyarch will offer more nuts and bolts microtransactions, such as extra create-a-class slots and media storage for 160 MSP, and Nuketown Zombies for non-limited-edition players for 400 MSP.

Finally, a freebie: the original Nuketown is now unlocked for all Xbox players--these updates are planned for other consoles as well, but Activision has not given any indication of when they'll appear.

14 comments

  • nintendo365 - March 12, 2013 8:05 p.m.

    I think your definition of microtransactions is a bit off. These are just a bunch of map and skin packs being sold individually. Now if they were selling prestige tokens-THATS a microtransaction, I can spam-buy those. When Gears 3 did this, no one said a damned thing. Can we just end this unnecessary hate for the CoD series already... Its pretty stupid and REALLY fucking annoying.
  • ParagonT - March 13, 2013 10:03 a.m.

    Do you love CoD? Just a question.
  • talleyXIV - March 24, 2013 4:49 p.m.

    Since he didn't answer, I will. I do but I see its bad ways and I think Activision is a terrible company. However I hate people who hate the series unnecessarily even more. The kind of people that complain about everything, the campaign being short, unbalanced multiplayer, and generally silly little things. Obviously it has its problems and guess what we fans acknowledge it but we still like the game a lot, or at least enough to buy it each year. We accept that the game has tons of problems but I'd like people to notice these same problems in other games. Noticeably GEARS OF WAR which has the most annoying ways of getting you to buy motherfucking DLC. You can't play on their servers without DLC. Judgement had silly fucking camos that were overpriced as shit day one. I don't like how everyone hates on CoD when other companies have been doing the same or even more annoying for years.
  • talleyXIV - March 12, 2013 5:45 p.m.

    "HEY HE HAS BACON CAMO, THAT'S BULLSHIT AND UNFAIR!" If you are really angry sit back, think for one second, "That guy paid money to have bacon on his gun." Seriously as long as it isn't anything ridiculous like new guns, perks, attachments, etc. just let it go. It really isn't a big deal.
  • ParagonT - March 13, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    I don't think its a big deal, but its a bad practice in my eyes. If people will really buy these things, no matter how small the consumer base who actually does, then the next game may just exclude those otherwise implemented elements in order to make money they would not have gotten. I understand these things with games who's initial price if free or close to it, but when you buy a game, you expect to have the complete product including all that was meant to go into it. Not saying that this will happen as you may retort, but these microtransactions (same with dlc) can start to blur the line in what exactly would have been. Which is why its a bit understandable to see where people are coming from. Which yeah, I don't think its a big deal personally, but down the line we may be singing a different tune. So I'll stay open to both sides, and try not to dismiss their concerns. Because they do have legitimate reasoning.
  • christian-shaffer - March 12, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    Also, if you're going to bitch about them doing this, then go ahead and throw Valve under the bus as well for putting micro transactions in TF2. Complaining about Activision doing it and giving Valve a pass is just hypocrisy.
  • ParagonT - March 12, 2013 4:59 p.m.

    Valve sucks for doing the same, happy now?
  • christian-shaffer - March 12, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    Yes. Also, you deal with those things as they come. The industry is changing and will continue to do so whether you like it or not. You can sit here and complain about it all you want, but that won't do anything. Does this mean you should sit back and let it happen? No, but this is hardly significant enough to warrant the hate it's received. If it does start to progress to a point that it becomes warranted, I believe the gaming community has shown that it's able to speak up and have and actual have an effect when it's necessary. If you payed attention at all during the ME3 and SimCity backlash, I think people got the point across. However, regardless of what anyone says or does, the companies will continue to try this. If there is backlash, they'll back off for a while and try it again further down the road. I understand it's a small step, but that step has been around for quite a while so it's ridiculous that everyone behaves like it's the first time it has ever been done. I'm not saying people claim this is the first time it has been done, but they sure do act like it. If you don't like don't use it and don't buy the game. No one is forcing you to. Complaining about it on a gaming website certainly won't do you any good. Also, I think it's fair to say it's equally immature to cry foul any time a company tries to implement something certain users don't like.
  • ParagonT - March 12, 2013 8:28 p.m.

    "Yes. Also, you deal with those things as they come." That sounds like the words of a passive person who waits to complain until it actually happens. By then it's too late, its implemented, people bought it. Then people will just complain about people complaining about it at that time. It will make no difference if they dislike things now or then because in the end, people will have this pre-set idea that all people who dislike things are just complainers. Which is hypocritical. "The industry is changing and will continue to do so whether you like it or not. You can sit here and complain about it all you want, but that won't do anything." Many people read these sites and form their opinions on things that they believe and buy, to say it doesn't do anything is not correct, but once again, passive words. "Does this mean you should sit back and let it happen? No, but this is hardly significant enough to warrant the hate it's received." So its okay to want for it to not happen, but its not okay to voice your opinion on it? Because it "may not make a difference".? Which is untrue. "If it does start to progress to a point that it becomes warranted, I believe the gaming community has shown that it's able to speak up and have and actual have an effect when it's necessary. If you payed attention at all during the ME3 and SimCity backlash," What exactly do you mean about how we "Showed them what for!" with ME3? That they shouldn't do things we as consumers don't like? Like SimCity having always DRM? Just because we can show contempt at things doesn't always mean it will have an immediate effect and work all the time. You can't just rely that they will always do something about it, that is being cocky, and frankly depending on the publisher's good graces. You have to be a stern consumer base and not put up with bad practices ALL the time or your just nitpicking on what battles to fight. " I think people got the point across. However, regardless of what anyone says or does, the companies will continue to try this. If there is backlash, they'll back off for a while and try it again further down the road. I understand it's a small step, but that step has been around for quite a while so it's ridiculous that everyone behaves like it's the first time it has ever been done. I'm not saying people claim this is the first time it has been done, but they sure do act like it." Some people may overreact, its true, but I don't think its an over reaction to state your disliking for a bad practice that may lead to something worse. "If you don't like don't use it and don't buy the game. No one is forcing you to." I see this comment a lot on gaming sites, and is one of the reasons that we as gamers are considered to be so immature. I have two points on this, so here's the first: 1.To pretty much tell people not to state their opinion on something, then tell them that they shouldn't buy it, is like smacking a puppy in the head when he takes a dump in your floor. No one would then know why people dislikes a game, and developers and publishers then never learn what we want. Thus the problem still continues and they pump out things we would then never buy. 2. This is entertainment and a commercial industry, they are selling products to us, the consumers. To tell people that they are not entitled to an opinion and voice of what they hate is pretty much saying that you should bend over backwards and take whatever they give you and demonize us, the consumers, who hold the power of our wallet. Which the popular and annoying term used on the internet is called "Being a sheep.". We are consumers, we are damn well entitled to what we pay for and what we want from products we buy. "Complaining about it on a gaming website certainly won't do you any good." Its hard to take that seriously when you complain about other people complaining. You can't tell other people that their comments won't do anything when you post your own. "Also, I think it's fair to say it's equally immature to cry foul any time a company tries to implement something certain users don't like." That's called being a good consumer my friend. Developers and publishers are not my buddies I hang out with and drink beer with on the weekend. They are trying to sell me a product. And if I don't like something about that product, then I can tell them what i don't like about it so that next time when they offer something, I will like it.
  • christian-shaffer - March 12, 2013 4:46 p.m.

    Why is everyone complaining about this? It's not giving anyone an advantage in game. it's not that expensive for those that choose to take advantage of it and they aren't taking anything out that's already there. All they're doing is selling camo's and custom class slots for those that would like to purchase them. I would understand the frustration and general hate if they were removing features, but they aren't. Quit bitching about something so insignificant that you'll forget about it by Thursday.
  • ParagonT - March 12, 2013 4:58 p.m.

    I can't speak for everyone, but I bet some are a little frustrated knowing that this may get worse in the future. First it's camo and skins, next is weapons and equipment. It's not a big step. This is a business, they're here to make money. So if they think that there is a large enough group of people who would actually purchase these things, then its easy to see what lies down the road and why people are scared of it. Just because it doesn't seem like nothing is wrong now doesn't mean we're idiots to not see what may come down the line because of this. Why would they put in unlock-able camo or skins when they could sell it in the next installment? That's what it may come to. Whether it may or not is up to each person, but I think it's immature to hate on a group of consumers because they have the sense of seeing past the tree's. It only takes a small group of people to buy these things to make selling these parts worth it to them. Why give it out for free when one thousand people will buy them? That's one thousand more dollars or more gained than not.
  • Ironarm - March 12, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    And here I thought Activision was just going to go ahead and let EA make some terrible decisions for a while.
  • winner2 - March 12, 2013 10:43 a.m.

    Well I guess it's a good thing I don't play CoD.
  • BladedFalcon - March 12, 2013 9:53 a.m.

    Activision employee: Mr. Kotick, we've gotten reports that in the last weeks, EA has done their very best to surpass us in the douche-bag department. Bobby Kotick: WHAT???? We're falling behind!? quick! do something! we cannot just sit idly by, and that Walking dead game isn't out until two more weeks! Activision Employee: Well, how about microtransations in our most popular and maligned franchise? Bobby Kotick: BRILLIANT!

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