Activision and Sony have been heavily criticized by Call of Duty fans for the “anti-consumer” Black Ops Cold War PlayStation exclusivity.
Yesterday, it was reported that the PlayStation 4 and 5 players of Treyarch and Raven’s first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War got two extra layer slots, skipping the ranks, XP. additional weapons and exclusive XP double events.
The Battle Pass Bundle bonus, as it is called, gives PlayStation players who purchase a Battle Pass Bundle $ 20 plus five tier skips ̵1; that makes a total of 25 tier skips.
More serious, however, is the PlayStation Party Reward. Here, PlayStation players playing together in groups receive + 25% bonus weapon XP. (This bonus is still counted when playing with teammates on multiple platforms.)
Then there’s a Double XP Bonus for PlayStation players. This involves exclusive monthly dual XP events that last for 24 hours.
And finally, PlayStation gamers get more downloads. PlayStation players have two additional download slots, ready for customization. This is accessible when the Create-A-Class unlocks when it reaches level four.
All of this is in addition to an exclusive 12 months on a two-player Onslaught co-op Zombies mode.
Sony says these exclusive benefits and the Zombies Onslaught mode are PlayStation-only until November 1, 2021.
For many fans, this latest exclusive set is a step too far, and Activision and Sony have protested on social media and on forums about the deal.
On skipping the bounty tier, redditor Task_Set says: “It basically just means your money has a lower value on the Xbox / PC, which is a bad feeling.”
Redditor BenjaminWareing says the monopoly of loadouts is “blatantly against the consumer for PC and Xbox”.
“Last year, an exclusive game mode was lame enough, but it didn’t change the game,” added BenjaminWareing.
“It’s manageable and a fair tradeoff for cross-platform and all that.
“Now, granting two extra class slots ONLY for PlayStation players AND extra level skips, AND additional weapon XP, AND EXCLUSIVE Double XP events – ALL FOR PLAYING ONLY. are crossing the line.
“There are no trade-offs, cross-play is obvious, it’s just anti-consumer at this point and if it’s the consequence of PlayStation exclusive deal with Activision, they should bow in shame.
“This is crude and yet another stepping stone on the path towards total expropriation of the player base. This is another stepping stone in the path of losing players to non-hunting alternatives. “
As for Modern Warfare 2019, Activision was praised for omitting loot boxes, instead using a battle pass system which means all gameplay-impacting items, such as new weapons, both can be obtained for free. All maps are also free for all players.
But this new exclusive set for Black Ops Cold War has raised accusations that PlayStation players now have a gameplay advantage as they can level up and unlock gameplay that affects items like weapons and Their attachments are faster than those played on other platforms. For a competitive cross-platform multiplayer shooter, this is referred to by some as pay-to-win.
Or as Twitter user ChicIsCoolio said: “Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is turning into the winning game on PlayStation”.
“Dude even when I’m on ps4 and I think this is completely nonsense,” said FriedSyrup.
“My friends won’t be able to progress as fast as I am and they can’t keep up, which isn’t fair.”
“This goes beyond console exclusivity,” says TheDavidOfReddit. “This is the advantage of the Console.”
Treyarch recently unveiled a new kind of Credibility system for Black Ops – and indeed the Modern Warfare and Warzone. It offers 1000 levels to climb in each Season. Currently, PlayStation fans are also concerned that they might join the Prestige race.
There is no hint that the developers at Treyarch and Raven are behind the PlayStation exclusive deal. These types of transactions are typically done between publishers and platform owners, letting the developers choose parts. Obviously, Sony sees enormous value in the Call of Duty monopolies. With the success of Modern Warfare and Warzone, Black Ops Cold War is considered one of the biggest games of 2020. Sony wants more and more people to play the game on PlayStation – and spend money to get through the battle in the ecosystem. mine. For Activision, which for years has been affected by the timed exclusivity of the Call of Duty map packages on Xbox 360, such deals are nothing new.