Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC Packs Only Available With Black Ops Pass, Not Available to Purchase Separately - *UPDATE: Activision Adjusts Black Ops Pass FAQ - Dexerto
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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC Packs Only Available With Black Ops Pass, Not Available to Purchase Separately – *UPDATE: Activision Adjusts Black Ops Pass FAQ

Published: 13/Jun/2018 15:19 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson


UPDATE: The Black Ops Pass will be offered as a separate item at a ‘later date,’ according to an updated FAQ following this story being published.

Q: Can I buy Black Ops Pass as a standalone product?
A: Black Ops Pass will be available as a standalone offering at a later date.

As has been previously announced, the DLC system for Black Ops 4 for will be much changed from past iterations, with an all new ‘Black Ops Pass’ – but new details may put some fans off.

Rumors were first circulating that DLC for Black Ops 4 would in fact be free, with rival Battlefield V revealing that their infamous ‘Premium Pass’ and loot boxes had been scrapped.

However, the new ‘Black Ops Pass’ was announced shortly after, which essentially operates similarly to season passes of previous titles, with additional multiplayer and zombies maps included.

With the traditional season pass though, fans could opt to simply buy the DLC map packs separately upon release, rather than buy the season pass at game launch.

According to the recently updated Activision Support FAQ though, this will no longer be possible with the Black Ops Pass.

Q: Will I be able to buy parts of Black Ops Pass content individually, like DLC Map Packs from previous Call of Duty games?

A: No. The contents included in Black Ops Pass may only be purchased as a bundle.

Further, the FAQ also states that the Black Ops Pass will not available to buy on its own, rather you will need to purchase one of the special editions of the game.

Q: Can I buy Black Ops Pass as a standalone product?

A: Currently, no. The only way to get Black Ops Pass is through the Digital Deluxe, Digital Deluxe Enhanced, and Pro Editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Finally, because the standard base edition of Black Ops 4 does not include the Black Ops Pass, anyone who has already pre-ordered the base edition will need to return it to the retailer and purchase one of the bonus editions.

Q: I’ve already pre-ordered the physical base version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. How can I upgrade to get the Black Ops Pass content?

A: If you pre-ordered the physical base version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, return to your retailer to upgrade your pre-order to an edition that includes Black Ops Pass.

If you have purchased a digital base version, you can visit the PlayStation or Xbox store and purchase an upgrade.

To explain the change in the DLC system, Activision Support states:

We’re redefining the digital content season for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 by delivering more content with more frequency. In addition to the release of Multiplayer maps, Zombies experiences, and Blackout content, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 players can also expect in-game content and themed events, creating a robust content season.

This is a significant change, and one that moves in the opposite direction of what many fans were expecting, especially considering Battlefield V’s new alternative.

Source: Activision Support
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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre


Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.