Activision Adds In-Game Purchases to Call of Duty: Black Ops II

March 12, 2013 -

Activision will add in-game purchases in its popular action game Call of Duty: Black Ops II tomorrow. The announcement was made by Activision community manager Dan Amrich on his OneofSwords blog. Amrich says that players will notice on March 13 new "Micro Items." The pre-order bonus map, Nuketown 2025 will also be made available for free tomorrow.

"This content contains either personal customizations or nice little luxuries that I’ve seen players request; none of them affect gameplay, but they are small, specific ways to enhance your online experience," Amrich writes. "Full information will be available at callofduty.com tomorrow.."

Some of the content you can buy beginning tomorrow includes personalization packs for weapons including targeting reticules, weapon camos, and a special player calling card. These will come in sets and will cost 160 MS Points each. Other in-game content includes Nuketown Zombies (400 MS Points), 10 additional Create-a-Class slots (160 MS Points) and Flags of the World Calling Card Packs (80 MS Points per region).

Amrich notes that all of these little baubles are optional and won't change the actual gameplay:

"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," he writes. "If that’s not you, that’s fine; everybody gets Nuketown 2025 for free, so definitely take advantage of that."

He closes by saying that these Micro Items will be coming to other platforms soon and that when he knows a date he'll post about it.

 


Comments

Re: Activision Adds In-Game Purchases to Call of Duty: Black ...

Hm, so now in addition to map packs you pretty much need to buy in order to play online, there's more that you can buy from them? At least the new maps you get in Team Fortress 2 are free to go along with the hats...

Re: Activision Adds In-Game Purchases to Call of Duty: Black ...

That's funny, I thought Nuketown 2025 was the codename for Activision's join plan with EA to completely destroy the video game industry by the year 2025.  *ba dum tish*

In all seriousness, offering aesthetic customization options that have no gameplay effects as microtransactions is actually a good idea.  There can't be too many of those floating around Activision these days!  Okay, okay, no more.  :)

Re: Activision Adds In-Game Purchases to Call of Duty: Black ...

It's how most freemium titles work and it actually works pretty well.

 
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