Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 season pass content won't be available separately

If you were hoping to pick and choose post-launch DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 after its release, it looks like you may be out of luck. As first spotted by Call of Duty blog Charlie Intel, a new Activision support FAQ lays out the details of how season pass will work, and it's not looking pretty.

First and foremost, the FAQ indicates that season pass content will only be available to season pass owners. So, if you choose to forego the season pass, you won't be able to purchase individual pieces separately. This is a departure from how such content has been handled in the past, with players being able to choose which packs they want to pick up without buying a season pass. From Activision:

Will I be able to buy parts of Black Ops Pass content individually, like DLC Map Packs from previous Call of Duty games?No. The contents included in Black Ops Pass may only be purchased as a bundle.

Further complicating things is that it appears the season pass will only be available as part of the Digital Deluxe, Digital Deluxe Enhanced, and Pro Editions of Black Ops 4. At least as things stand right now, a separate season pass purchase isn't planned for anyone who may have decided to pick up the standard edition. From Activision:

Can I buy Black Ops Pass as a standalone product?Currently, no. The only way to get Black Ops Pass is through the Digital Deluxe, Digital Deluxe Enhanced, and Pro Editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Activision's use of "currently" certainly leaves the door open for a separate season pass in the future, but it's not a good sign for anyone who has already preordered the standard edition. While there are options to upgrade your preorder to one of the more expensive editions on digital stores, those who opted for a physical preorder will have to go back to their retailer and upgrade to a version that includes the Black Ops 4 pass, Activision says.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is set for release on October 12, so there's still a chance Activision could change things up before launch. However, as companies increasingly face backlash from players over microtransactions and DLC content, locking down season pass content in this way isn't likely to curry favor from Call of Duty fans.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is up for preorder now at Amazon (opens in new tab) and the Microsoft Store for $59.99 (opens in new tab).

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  • Ouch!!
  • Believe it or not, I'm not completely against this. I've been saying for a while, just update the cost of the game and give me all the content.
  • they will probably come out with stuff later that's not even included in the season pass
  • This is actually a good thing in one way. I have seen a lot of people talking about community splits due to season passes and DLC. The complained about difficulty finding lobbies because they don't have DLC. Individual DLC makes this issue much worse. One player may have DLC 1 only, another has DLC's 2 and 3, and I have season pass.. we all may not get lobbied together making lobbies more empty as time goes on. Now it will just be, either you have the pass or you don't. Even split. People who don't want to shell out for the entire pass will all be grouped together making their lobbies much fuller for much longer. If people do want more maps, they gotta get them all, making sure season pass owner lobbies are also straight forward. For me this is a good thing as I get the pass. Of course, not having the option to pay $15 only for one solid DLC you want is a big let down for a lot of people and I am not dismissing that.. just looking at the up side.
  • They tried that already starting with Modern Warfare. By cutting off maps that players don't have and make them blank. Makes no difference if Matchmaking is still borked on K/d, rank, tiers specifics as usual. It won't get any faster.
  • Terrible news. But the game will still sell like crazy as usual.