Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is the latest game to adopt a battle pass system. While some say battle passes are a better alternative to microtransactions, they are known to be immense commitments of time and players estimate it'll take 400 hours to complete Black Ops 4's battle pass.
Black Ops 4 features something called the Black Market which functions similarly to battle pass systems from games like Fortnite: Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Like those games Black Market rewards players with loot and gear based on the number of hours played and special objectives completed.
Depending on the system this could be a cheaper alternative to individual microtransactions, and unlike loot boxes players know exactly what reward they'll be getting every step of the way. Experts say that unlike the loot box controversy Battle Passes could be a better alternative to loot boxes from a legal perspective.
However, battle passes by design are time-consuming and coupled with limited-time events mean that players will have to work hard to earn a loot they want, or even just all the loot available to that season of content. And a reddit post estimates that it will take 400 hours, or eight hours a day, to earn all the content in the Contraband event which lasts until December 11, 2018.
Players are already complaining that Black Ops 4 features slower than expected progression and that XP isn't as generous as it can be, making leveling sometimes tedious. Players are worried that this could lead to XP boosting purchases that are sometimes found in other battle pass games, or even games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey.
However, there are no announcements of such a feature in Black Ops 4 just yet but that doesn't take away from the fact that for completionists Black Ops 4's Black Market is a dedicated job. Like in Fortnite it might just be better to set a goal for yourself and try and earn the gear you want.
Black Ops 4 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can read our Black Ops 4 review or check out our Black Ops 4 guide with breakdowns of the zombie mode, Blackout Battle Royale mode, and multiplayer mode.