Black Ops 4 Has Microtransactions Now, and Fans Aren't Happy

Black Ops 4 Has Microtransactions Now, and Fans Aren't Happy

It costs how much?

Treyarch just introduced microtransactions to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and like Martin Luther Black Ops 4 players have nailed a long list of grievances against them to Treyarch's doors.

With microtransactions in Black Ops 4 players now have an opportunity to purchase CoD Points with real-world money and can use them to purchase additional Nebulium Plasma in Zombies, advance Black Market Tiers, or access Special Orders in the Black Market. And while it is technically possible to earn these cosmetics by just playing the game, the time-costs are steep.

The biggest point of contention is how a lot of the cosmetics and character customization options in the game are locked away in the Black Market and advancing the Black Market battle pass system is tough. Treyarch recently had to speed up progression in Black Market but even then, players are saying that leveling through the tiers is an arduous process.

Treyarch of course is now offering players an opportunity to buy their way through the tiers, all 200 of them if they want. It would only cost players $200 USD to purchase 20,000 COD points to do so.

A massive thread on the Black Ops 4 subreddit titled "This takes it to the next level, [are] we really going to support this new greed system from Activision/Treyarch?" already has 14 thousand upvotes and lists the many ways customization is restricted and locked behind the Black Market forcing players to either play hundreds of hours of Black Ops 4 or drop money in microtransactions.

There's also the Blackjack's Shop coming in November which will have more, limited microtransactions like cosmetics in limited supply that can be purchased directly. Another layer of purchases on top of both Black Market and Supply Drops.

While the system Black Ops 4 is employing is like Fortnite's battle pass, which has taken off in the video game industry after the controversy around loot boxes, the fact remains that Fortnite is a free-to-play game with a lower barrier of entry.

And while all the purchasable rewards in Black Ops 4 are cosmetic-only, the customization is a far cry from what was immediately available in previous Black Ops games for free.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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