Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Adds Microtransactions
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 now has microtransactions, at least on PlayStation 4. The game has introduced the virtual currency Call of Duty Points, which you can buy with real money and spend on items for Black Ops 4 multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout.
As developer Treyarch explained in a Reddit post, Call of Duty Points can be spent on a number of things, including Nebulium Plasma for the Zombies mode. You can also spend Call of Duty Points on new Special Orders in the Black Market, while another option is to spend them to instantly advance through the Black Market tiers, which gets you additional cosmetics. Black Ops 4's tier system looks and operates very similarly to Fortnite's model, with timed events and seasons that offer cosmetic items in tiers. Unlike Fortnite, however, Black Ops 4 is a paid game, and some are taking issue with the system in Black Ops 4.
It costs 100 Call of Duty Points to acquire a tier. Call of Duty Points can be purchased in varying allotments, including 100 Call of Duty Points ($1), 2,400 Call of Duty Points ($20), and 5,000 Call of Duty Points ($40).
Everyone who downloads the Call of Duty Companion app and logs in gets 500 Call of Duty Points right away. Players who purchase the $50 USD Black Ops 4 Pass get an additional 1,000 Call of Duty Points and 300 Nebulium Plasma.
Call of Duty Points were introduced to the series with 2015's Black Ops 3 through the Black Market system. The microtransactions have been in each new Call of Duty game since, so it is no surprise that they're back again with Black Ops 4. Call of Duty Points stay with your account and move between titles, so if you had some leftover from Call of Duty: WWII or another previous title, they should show up in your account for Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty Points are currently exclusive to the PS4 edition of Black Ops 4; they'll become available on Xbox One and PC next week, Treyarch said in its Reddit post.
In other news, a new patch for Black Ops 4 is out now and it makes a number of weapon balance changes and more. You can see the full patch notes here.