Activision adds in-app purchases to Call of Duty: Black Ops II

In-app purchases for Black Ops II coming first to Xbox 360, with Nuketown 2025 now also available for free.

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Activision is adding a series of in-app purchases to Call of Duty: Black Ops II, which the publisher is calling Micro Items.

The items will be available starting Wednesday March 13 for the Xbox 360. Activision community manager Dan Amrich says the "optional" packs contain "either personal customizations or nice little luxuries that I’ve seen players request."

"None of them affect gameplay," adds Amrich, "but they are small, specific ways to enhance your online experience."

The main Micro Items for sale are called Personalisation Packs, which Amrich says are like "dress-up for your favorite weapons." Each Personalisation Pack contains its own weapon camo, three targeting reticles, and a custom calling card. The only one shown at present was the Bacon Personalisation Pack, which wraps your weapons in cooked strips of the world's most famous cut of cured pork.

Personalisation Packs will sell for 160 Microsoft points, and the in-app purchases will launch first on the Xbox 360. Activision will announce availability on other platforms at a later date.

Activision will also offer the Extra Slots pack for another 160 Microsoft points, which will add 10 create-a-class slots (giving a total of 20 if the player's prestige level is high enough) and allow players to store 20 additional emblems, 32 extra films, and 40 screenshots.

There are also Flags of the World Calling Card Packs, which add a series of calling cards to the game based on national flags. These are to be distributed in packs based on region and will cost 80 Microsoft points each.

Nuketown Zombies, which was previously only included with the Hardened and Care Package editions of the game, will also be made available for purchase for 400 Microsoft points.

Alongside the addition of the in-app purchases, Activision will make Nuketown 2025--the futuristic take on the first Black Ops' most popular multiplayer map, offered as a preorder bonus in Black Ops II--available to everyone for free.

"At the end of the day, all of these items are completely optional, and were created for players who've asked for more customization options. If that's not you, that's fine; everybody gets Nuketown 2025 for free, so definitely take advantage of that."

For more information on Call of Duty: Black Ops II, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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theonesofgames
theonesofgames

Do they know when they are going to release it for the ps3?


shellingdieeasy
shellingdieeasy

I bought the slots pack because I had the points and something looked odd.  First let me say that I purchased it from the Custom Class menu, not the store.  This may not matter.  I now have 10 pages of 8 slots each.  I had 8 originally because of prestige tokens so it looks as if the purchase grants 100 slots across 10 pages instead of a total of 20.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Sure they have every right to do this, but if I had more money than I knew what to do with the last thing I would do is try and pinch more out of the people's pockets who put money in my pocket in the first place. I guess this is another example of how the rich get richer and you know the rest...

LuIzalot
LuIzalot

I hate Activision just as much as anyone, but this is seriously the dumbest thing to get angry over, I agree that $15 for a map pack is a little ridiculous. But these are just harmless camos, they don't alter the stats in any way and they cost like 2 bucks.

If players are willing to pay a few dollars for a few more customization options then who the hell cares? It gets old seeing everyone act like they're entitled to every piece of dlc simply because it's Activision.

Valve does the same thing with TF2 and no ones gives a **** because it's Valve.

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

I've always felt like skins are the worse kind of nickel and diming, as they require the least amount of work. How long does it take to create and apply a skin that others will barely see?

bmart970
bmart970

I think you kinda look like you have no actual achievement in the game if you customize your weapons with paid for skins.

aamir69
aamir69

I will be the happiest man on earth if one day i wake up, open gamespot & I read that gaming sites have stopped doing any sort of advertisement for CoD.

Cowboy-Bebop
Cowboy-Bebop

It won't affect game play but for 160 pts, we'll give you 10 more slots. So they will indirectly affect game play. Nice. Good thing I'm done with this garbage.

Sorciere_basic
Sorciere_basic

Activision and EA make it sooooo easy for me to ignore all their scams posing as games.

kessel21
kessel21

remember, it's "games as a service" business model now.  that initial $60 (soon to be $78 after tax) just gets you in the door.  they'll "service" you with multiple "optional" DLC map packs, rental servers, live "look-in" video analysis, and micro-transactional rentals of your favorite pay-to-win guns (only $2.99 for 5 days of our BFG one-shot, one-kill gun. rack up the kills because you don't have the skills!).  if only old school NES Ikari Warriors serviced me like this, i could've paid 99c for the privilege of a 10-pack of extra lives.


TheOnlyConan
TheOnlyConan

Full price should equal full game (optional content included). Save the micro transactions for free to play, where it belongs.

arrow2thekneeXD
arrow2thekneeXD

pay for WIFI,Pay for xbox live, pay for game, pay for season pass, when can I stop paying and just have everything that the game has to offer!!!!! just so that I can buy another call of duty in eight months!!!!!

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

For all of you dummies complaining about this, it's all optional! It's just a bunch of cosmetic stuff that doesn't interfere with gameplay. So what the hell is the problem!?

mischiefmeerkat
mischiefmeerkat

it's like EA and Activision are in competition to see who's the most greedy, dishonest game developer of all time.

 place your bets.

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Awesome! Just what I needed, another reason to both hate what CoD has become and to not buy anything in this series! Thank you Activision!

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

WTF!! Their greed just knows no bounds! These microtransactions are meant for free-to-play games, not full on $60 games that also charge an extra $15 for each map pack! These customizations should be added for free or included in the map packs! Now they're nickel and diming us to death after they've already charged us $110 for the full game! (full game includes map packs)

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

oh look, more crap i have to download in patches just so the game can display someone elses bacon bullcrap on my screen, as if i cared.  If only there was a way so that I dont need their dlc content that i didnt purchase wasting my HDD space.  Kind of like requiring all the gigs of bf3 maps even though i only own the stock maps + bk2 .... what a waste.

edinko
edinko

My suggestion would be after this to add nano- mega-  piko- and macro- transactions  so the game is more fun

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

At the same time, just because you made up a new term doesnt mean they are anything but mircotransactions, if anything they sound like the exact definition of microtransactions

singhellotaku
singhellotaku

basically like Gears of Wars nine billion gun skins then?  Thats a bit boring but if people want to buy cosmetic crap why not let em.

TwilightPhoenix
TwilightPhoenix

Wrap your gun in greasy bacon, only for $2!  Or $5!  I don't know, I don't have an Xbox so I don't how many MS Points equals a dollar.  But either way, I'm sure you could buy real, edible bacon for the same price.

ixmardukxi
ixmardukxi

As long as micro-transactions don't interfere with gameplay i don't give a shit

GAMERALL
GAMERALL

reticules?! screenshots?!

"sticks a gun up his throat and....left clicks...!"

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

So is calling them "in app purchases" the new code word for microtransactions?

The bacon one is kind of funny but I wouldn't take that if you paid me and it's certainly never going to work the other way around.

Lotus-Edge
Lotus-Edge

Well, they're optional, and options are always good....

ryogapower
ryogapower

ok, so im not interested in it myself, but lets not shit ourselves, these are just skin modifications and little extras for people who want them. they do not affect anyone who doesn't want them, so why take offence? Yes, activision are greedy sons of bitches but theyre not the first to do this and not the first company in the world motivated by money. just CHILL. Its not the end of life as we know it because someone wants fluffy dice on their crossbow.

ziproy
ziproy

In-app purchases are so much better than thos gat dang microtransactions

chun-IDGAF-li
chun-IDGAF-li

take a bacon and shove it up your ass activision

JFroese
JFroese

"They're finally adding micro-transactions in my initially micro-transaction-free game!"

- no gamer ever

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

So...they're adding microtransactions. So 60 bucks for the game, 15 per dlc, and now a few bucks a piece for little things you used to unlock in game. What is the next thing they'll find to charge you for their recycled game? Keep at it activision. Hopefully you'll realize your dream of charging everyone 400 dollars per yer for the call of duty franchise. 

desmondx1
desmondx1

Its greed is beyond the imagination!

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

yeah bacon rifles is totally worth my money !

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

This is a slippery slope. I realize it's only cosmetic stuff right now but I could see XP and 2XP in the future, then gun packs, then perks.

This is a small step and a test to see if they can start selling stuff that will help you win in game.

Dasim64
Dasim64

And gaming takes one more step into the depths of hell.

edinko
edinko

Full PRice+Elite+map packs+ microtranscations. CAn they get more exploitative? This is customer abuse. ANd please dont tell me the god awful "You dont have to buy it" apology.The very fact that its in there is despicable

clue942
clue942

I'm not buying any of it, the only thing I hope for is Nuketown 2025 get added to the regular map rotation since its free like Terminal was in MW3.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

I don't have a problem with micro-transactions in 'free-to-play' games, because that's how the developer makes their money.  But charging full price for a game, then adding DLC (or monthly subscription fees), then adding micro-transactions - it's similar to what EA did with Star Wars: Old Republic.

It's pure greed, and I don't agree with it.

Sefrix
Sefrix moderator

Haha so now they are charging to store more screenshots? Costs them next to nothing and didn't even require them to make anything new. Genius!

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Okay, now that they are slicing off bits for microtransactions, perhaps they will consider slicing the zombie maps off of the map packs so I don't have to buy a $15 map pack just to play a zombies map.

Oh, and give me the WaW and BLOPS zombies maps I've already paid for FOR FREE.

Michformer
Michformer

OH GOD IT'S SPREADING! KILL IT BEFORE IT LATCHES ON TO OTHER COMPANIES!!!!

CriticalCritic
CriticalCritic

Activision releases optional content that doesn't affect gameplay but adds to the experience for hardcore fans. This is followed by everyone forgetting that Valve uses this same method to get money from kids in TF2.

GG gamespot users

pozium
pozium

The good old days.... when you could unlock skins and outfits after completing certain difficulty options in a game. Now its microtransactions, pre-orders, and day one dlc's. 

svaubel
svaubel

So CoD is the industry leader now guys! It has Season Pass, Online Pass, DLC out the arse, and now micro-transactions!

dogfather76
dogfather76

With the success that Value has with this in Team Fortress, I am surprised that it has taken them this long to put them in COD.  I prefer many other games over COD, but can understand the appeal.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Do people still play this god awful game?...

Matheny1
Matheny1

In the world of microtransactions, these "cosmetic" items are basically harmless. The resource packs in Dead Space 3 are a different animal, that's just straight up "pay-to-win". Of course if anyone finds these dumb packs annoying, then I suppose that's fair. Most people would prefer complete products instead of a dumb vending machine in your game.

There's nothing particularly "evil" about this. A "pay-to-win" game (like most zynga games) try to trick you into buying something you don't want. They give you a broken game and you pay them for a "fix"

But with these little cosmetic things it's just "do I want it or not? Is this bacon gun worth the money?"

If they started selling experience points I'd start getting nervous.