Black Ops II gets $50 DLC pass

Four map pack and Zombie expansions for upcoming Call of Duty included with season pass; all DLC to again release for Xbox 360 first; Call of Duty: Elite becoming free.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be the latest game to offer a downloadable content season pass. Activision announced a $50 Black Ops II DLC pass today that includes four expansions. These will arrive first on Xbox Live and will also be available for standalone purchase at $15 each.

Activision did not offer much in the way of specifics regarding DLC for Black Ops II, but did say that they will take the form of multiplayer maps and Zombies content. These offerings are expected to be made available beginning in 2013.

The Black Ops II season pass was announced only for Xbox 360. It is unclear if it will also be offered for PlayStation 3, PC, or Wii U. Activision's announcement today stated, "Season Pass and DLC Map Packs may not be available on all gaming platforms."

Additionally, Activision announced today that all features for its Call of Duty: Elite social service for Black Ops II will be free. Elite launched with Modern Warfare 3 last year and carried a $50 yearly price tag. A paid subscription to the service granted gamers a host of downloadable content delivered every month.

The Call of Duty: Elite platform for Black Ops II will boast a number of revisions to existing features as well as new offerings altogether. Some of these include a dedicated Zombies channel where players can track their personal statistics and tablet support for Call of Duty: Elite TV, which will feature developer tips, among other things.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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Iridionprime
Iridionprime

Absolute ridiculousness. So shortly after release they release such a discounted dlc for only 50 bucks. Oh boy it's discounted so i guess ill go fork up. No. Fuck you. Enuf bullshit. Im passing on this crapfest. Fuck black ops 2, I have other games to go to. Hopefully far cry 3 has some decent multiplayer.

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

fix

the multiplayer sucks but the wager match is awesome

 

and really if you want a decent multiplayer with a bang for your buck go play battlefield bad company 2 (ya know the one DICE made before EA took over) 

 

i'm still shocked of what multiplayer bacame such a greedy bitch

 

like every game nowdays have DLC or microtransactions 

 

and that's fucking ruining gaming forever 

 

and i can't just play 2009 games over and over...

 

but ya know what? fuck multiplayer, stick to singleplayer (unless the developer is milking the series with DLC) 

 

but in the end EA and ACTIVISION will take over mutliplayer and raise the price for each game.

 

but there is hope, there is rockstar and THQ, SEGA and 343 (don't forget valve ofc) 

 

that can still deliver a fun Experience without trying to grap your wallet 

 

HOPE REMAINS

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

well i love the zombie maps but 

comon this isn't fair 

 

the main reason to buy BO2 is the zombies if not the zombies then the multiplayer

(cause they fucked up the campigan) 

 

so why don't make the first DLC free or discounted or something? the first DLC always sucks anyways

Lamesy
Lamesy

Let me get this straight: some people (not all, but some) are complaining because the **yearly** fee you paid once doesn't cover a brand new game coming out a year later? It's not even possible to have paid twice or renewed since Elite launched in Nov 2011. The cost to you has not changed at all, it simply relocated: instead of paying another $50 for Elite, you pay another $50 for DLC pass (which, honestly, is all Elite ever was - who gives a rat's about social features?).Don't get me wrong and think I'm defending CoD overall. I wouldn't touch the franchise with a ten ft. pole anyway.

 

HaK-ForgoTT3n
HaK-ForgoTT3n

Doesn't matter anyway. Still going to sell a ton of copies by dumb teenagers and parents of 8 year olds who buy this POS game. Call of Duty has sucks since MW2. Just let this series die already. Its over. The more of you morons out there who buy this game, the more gaming in general will keep sucking more and more. Look at RE6...

mamelon2012
mamelon2012

Last year I fell for the COD ELITE (hardcore edition) hoax.  It was incredibly stupid.  I think I used it for 25 seconds total.  This time around I am passing on COD all together.  Its just asinine they charge us so much to play a game. 

TacticaI
TacticaI

The majority of the industry believes we're growing money trees in our backyards, don't they? I feel terrible saying this, but keep going down this road, and gaming just isn't going to be worth it. Hell, nowadays, I don't own any more than two (brand new) games at a time (no DLC included). Honestly, over $100 for a video game in its entirety? You have got to be shitting me. There is no justification. (Okay, I'll make one exception, a BAD ASS limited/collector's edition). I truly fear for the next-gen and what schemes they've drawn up to make damn sure we all end up paying $15-$50 for map packs and other 'additional content'. Next thing you know, our video games will come with a crap ton of fine-print and the language will change from "Season Pass" to "Subscription".

radcrab123
radcrab123

so let me get this straight i paid 50 $ for Elite and now they make it free then they say theres going to be a 50$ season pass i thought it was good that they made elite free until i realized one thing that their gonna do:they make it free which means it will not let you get free DLCS.So now they want me to get a season pass that cost 50 more dollars when i already got Elite thinking it would be good for BLOPS2 and so im paying 160 $?!?! OMG I got elite and it was a total waste of money i want my money back but their not going to give me it back cause their CoD Yep im hopping on the boycott train if they dont chane this goodbye CoD Forever*Sigh* a awsome franchise has turned into a money hog.

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

To the people who organized the ME3 protest, can we get the ball going on Activision? This is so wrong and so many levels.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

cod fans will still eat this up. i'm not liking the direction black ops 2 took but i'm pretty sure i'll pick it up

Slinqy
Slinqy

As long as the multiplayers dlc is separate from the zombie dlc, I might consider additional zombie content.

banana23man
banana23man

Black Ops 2 DLC: For people that have more money than sense

hereatlast89
hereatlast89

Sleeping Dogs

FIFA 13

Dishonored

XCOM...

And so many more to come...

WHY THE FRAKATTA WOULD SOMEBODY BUY THIS SHIT!!!

As a gamer, they are zombies to me AND because of them we have to pay as other companies gets jealous too of their laziness to profit ratio.

GAAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAGAG!!!!!!!

jorge69696
jorge69696

People that bought Elite got ripped off?

*chuckle*

ps... fffft... prfff AAAGAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

BludshedX
BludshedX

I was actually set on getting BO2 but this news just pushed me over into boycott territory. Can't justify paying the price of 2 games for one. Nice scam, Activision.

justin01
justin01

I didn't buy any map packs for the first blops, skipped out entirely on the last mw, and am thinking about passing this one up as well. Damn they are some greedy motherfuckers. If all four packs together were 15$, then maybe, but I still prefer extra maps free!

mdparkhurst
mdparkhurst

That is so F'ed up, so people got screwed believing that they were covered  for all CoD games in the future.  

thorwolfe
thorwolfe

So basically buying Elite now is pointless if I wanted to play the new maps in MW3 before Black Ops is released? What happens to all the poor saps that just bought Elite thinking this same thing?

Vodoo
Vodoo

I'm ok with games offering POST-launch content for a price, as long as it's good content, worth the extra money, and wasn't stripped away from the original game to sell as dlc. 

 

The problem I have with CoD and Battlefield is the price. $15 for a map pack is ridiculous! And being these are mass-market games, the casuals will keep shelling out no matter how much it costs. Voting with your wallet is almost pointless for games like these because there's sooo many casual gamers that don't have principles when it comes to stuff like this. So unfortunately there's really not much we, as gamers, can do about this type of price-gauging.

LE5LO
LE5LO

I assume everyone here (myself included) is on the boycott wagon?

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Hopefully CoD Ends after this. If not they might just take it into space.. Here comes the controversy

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

I'm not a DLC hater. I grew up in the era of expansion packs that cost 30-40 bucks and sometimes offered next to nothing. I'm glad I can pick and choose content for games I enjoy but damn this is just ridiculous. 110 bucks to get the full game experience? REALLY? I know you don't have to buy this and you still can pick and choose but if people start buying enough of these how long until that disappears and we are forced to pay a flat fee for all additional content?

Tsuchikage
Tsuchikage

Well, this is easily the most expensive season pass yet.  Unfortunately, I think it's going to sell like hotcakes (delicious, delicious hotcakes) and inspire other publishers to make expensive DLC passes like this.

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

This shit is ridiculous, they did this shit with BF3, its so retarded that we pay $60 for a game, and then another $50 to get the other "half" of the game.  So $110 for a full fucking game, so fucking stupid.

Uruca
Uruca

You want to know what is most sad in all of this?

Is going to sell like cupcakes.

harold317
harold317

Wow people, you keep buying CoD, you deserve this. I'm glad I never really got into this silly FPS fad. And even if I did, I would never support this kind of bullshit.

TacticaI
TacticaI

 @HaK-ForgoTT3n You can't blame Capcom's incompetence on CoD or Activision. RE6 is 100% their fault. Holding CoD, itself, responsible for other games ruining themselves by trying to appeal the CoD base isn't fair. You have to hold the people who actually make games like that responsible and respond accordingly (i.e. not buying them, and RE6's score on GS).  

mimsoo
mimsoo

 @HiImUPSMan You do. And it will break sales record, just like the previous ones.

mdparkhurst
mdparkhurst

I should say that they believed that as long as they stayed Elite members they were covered

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@thorwolfe Well...you answered your own question. They are poor saps that got ripped off. BUT elite members still get those other cool features... Like replays or whatever it was.

Hurvl
Hurvl

As long as you play the games you like and like the games you play, there is no need to feel sorry. These kind of products sell, it's a fact, and it won't matter if a few people don't buy it, not even if the amount of people are Over 9000!!! Voting with your wallet only effects yourself, but it's your money and your time and what other people choose to spend money and time on won't reduce your joy of gaming.

GreG975
GreG975

 @LE5LO I already did for the BF3 Premium shit. :)

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@LE5LO Yep. I'm donating the same amount of money ($110) to charity on release day.

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

 @RiKanKiDD Blops 2 has record pre-orders from a few articles I've seen. So ya CoD isn't going anywhere soon. Blops 2 would have to be a catastrophic disaster to cause CoD to disappear by this time next year.

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

 @RiKanKiDD Man, if this shit sells anywhere near the last few CODs then they definitely wont stop there

Vodoo
Vodoo

 @Tsuchikage This is a SEASON pass, not the regular online pass that's usually $10. CoD had the same $50 season pass for MW3.

thorwolfe
thorwolfe

 @dreamfist11 They will give you the whole game. The extra 50$ is actually reasonable. 4 DLC for $12.50 each or 15$ each if you would rather pay more for something you will end up getting anyways. I don't remember DLC being much cheaper since the first MW (10$ each I think but its been awhile). Most likely it will be 4 DLC which will be around 1 zombie and 3-5 multiplayer maps in each. So 4 zombie maps and 12-20 multiplayer maps. The game itself probably has around 1-2 zombie maps and 12-15 multiplayer maps. It would be awesome if DLC was cheaper, but that will never happen. Not until the game industry starts hating money.

Superzone
Superzone

 @dreamfist11 Sadly tons of people will still pay for this ripoff DLC, so they're going to keep making it.  Until people grow a brain and start realizing they're getting punk'd, this trend will continue.

LE5LO
LE5LO

 @dreamfist11 100% agree, to the guns running the company they must think it's diabolically clever and will rake in the money, but to the majority of us gamers they're taking full advantage of it just screams out "IT'S BOYCOTT TIME!!!"

TacticaI
TacticaI

 @harold317 Really? This is unequivocally the longest fad I've ever heard of. 

Raisiine
Raisiine

 @GreG975  @LE5LO Yeah I dont like the policy here either, but as it is, Battlefield 3 is a good game to play.

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

 @thorwolfe The extra $50 is not reasonable, $10 more and you got a whole game.  I believe battlefield 3 came with 5 maps, they will have over 10 maps in dlc, so they are either not giving us enough content upfront or they are saving it for later.  Seriously, when the "add ons" cost almost as much as the game you gotta realize somethings off

Devil_wings00
Devil_wings00

 @LE5LO  @dreamfist11 Boycott is pointless this game has already shattered pre-order records. Anything you scream about will be drowned out by the millions of CoD fans screaming homophobic obscenities.

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

 @Spartan_418  @harold317 He may sound a little arrogant, but its true, EA said BF Premium sold so well that they will implement it in other games. 

dreamfist11
dreamfist11

 @Devil_wings00  @LE5LO We need to get together as gamers and consumers and start boycotting games with these season passes until things get a bit better

Hurvl
Hurvl

 @Raisiine  Even when I didn't have a backlog that will take years to go through, I didn't buy games close to release, but rather a few months or a year after (if I wasn't super excited about it), though that was in like 2006. I'm strictly a singleplayer guy and the games didn't get worse because I waited that time. It was often quite the opposite what with the patches and mods getting done in between. For a multiplayer game it's a different thing, but if you don't want to spend time waiting, you have to spend money. They've set it up nicely, don't you agree?

Raisiine
Raisiine

 @dreamfist11  @Spartan_418  @harold317 But how else are you gonna play the game to its full potential. I dont care about the shitty videos and artwork they make or none of that crap, but I do wanna play all the upcoming expansions of Battlefield 3. And you get all 5 for like 50 euros, whereas if you bought all of them seperately, you 'd end up paying 15 for each.. I dont really like the policy here(having to pay twice for a single game), but it is still the better way. I dont have premium yet, but I think I'll get it once Aftermath is out.