Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3 Embraces The Temptation Of Microtransactions

Activision and Treyarch have embraced the temptations of the dark side like Darth Vader in Episode III, coupling an already successful game in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 with microtransactions. Going “black” in this case isn’t just hiding in the shadows and knifing someone who haphazardly stumbles by your location, it means donning the robes of Vader himself.

Gameranx is reporting that tiered microtransactions will be made available in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to allow players to unlock content using CoD Coins, which will only be available for PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers. You can check out the tiers below.

  • 200 – $2
  • 1,000 – $10
  • 2,000 – $20
  • 4,000 – $40

The points can be used to buy items in the Zombie modes, as well as supply crates in the competitive multiplayer mode. Over on the official Activision blog, they note that the points are completely optional and the microtransactions are simply there for people who don’t want to spend time actually playing the game…

“[…] the entire range of new items can be obtained by simply playing the game and trading the Cryptokeys you earn for Supply Drops in the Black Market. However, for fans that want to secure additional Supply Drops in multiplayer or Vials of Liquid Divinium in zombies, we’re introducing Call of Duty Points—a new optional virtual currency for players on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.”

Someone needs to put an “LOL. Just no” gif reaction below that quote for maximum effect.

The reality is that the supply drops definitely affect the game now because someone can just gamble away their real-life money in order to unlock the best and brightest weapons the game has to offer. Yes, skill will still be required to pick up wins, but it’s gambling regardless when you’re attempting to pay your way into a higher echelon of competitiveness with virtual items.

It’s amazing because Positech Games’ Cliff Harris literally just wrote about this very thing over the course of the weekend, where he said government regulation may have to be introduced to “save us from ourselves”.

I’ll be curious to see what the stats look like for people buying CoD Coins to buy their way into victory with better equipment in Black Ops 3.

Even still, while I’m no fan of microtransactions I still have to call a spade a spade and say that Black Ops 3 probably offers the best first-person gaming experience for the entire year. The story mode is well worth replaying over and over again and the four-player co-op and customization features almost make the campaign worth the $60 alone. I know, it seems strange to say that about a Call of Duty game… but it’s true.


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