You can’t buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC packs separately, according to an announcement from the developer. Activision and Treyarch are still requiring players to purchase a DLC season pass to access additional zombie and multiplayer maps for Black Ops 4 post-launch, and will not be selling this DLC separately.
‘The contents included in Black Ops Pass may only be purchased as a bundle,’ said Activision.
Season Pass systems are antiquated at best, infuriating at worst. This case being the latter in relation to the games community. The game’s Reddit has been inundated with complaints and negativity. Activision is apparently trying to put the flames out after E3 as they announced plans to release the most free content of an CoD game with Black Ops 4.
In response to the criticism, Treyarch responded by saying:
I want to make it clear that we are very much listening to your thoughts, comments, and ideas. We know the r/ community is passionate and vocal, and it’s a place where we sincerely want to have a two-way conversation.
We are absolutely committed to supporting the entire community with a slew of free, post-release content that will extend the Black Ops 4 experience with more new ways to play than we’ve ever done before. With Black Ops 3, we’re three years after release, and we continue to support it with new content and continuous updates – and we’re not even done yet. Our commitment to the game has maintained engagement…and Black Ops 4 has far more post-release updates planned for the entire community. In fact, it’s a game that was built for expansion. Launch day is just the beginning of a long journey.
Under the barrage of negativity, they’ve also banned #SayNoToBlackOpsPass on the official COD Twitch channel.
It remains to be seen how all this will play out, but other gaming titans like Battlefield 5 are managing to avoid this kind of problem by offering lots of free content and no restrictive DLC plans. One has to wonder if Treyarch and Activision are truly paying attention to this reaction as a result.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases on October 12 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.