Sony gets a week’s timed exclusivity on everything, including… microtransactions. You’d think that was more a positive than a negative for the other formats but you can now buy COD Points to use in multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout. COD Points cost £1.79 for 200, £8.49 for 1,100, £16.79 for 2,400, £34.99, and a staggering £84.99 for 13,000. In multiplayer and Blackout the points are used to access Special Orders and buy cosmetic items in the game’s Black Market, while in Zombies mode they’re used to buy Nebulium Plasma.
You can still unlock everything simply by playing the game but it would take an enormous amount of time to get everything. That’s always been the case (even though it’s recently been sped up) but now fans are suspicious that the reason it was slow in the first place is to make microtransactions seem more tempting. To unlock all 200 tiers would require 20,000 COD Points, which using the above amounts would cost over £130. The whole system is very clearly inspired by Fortnite’s Battle Passes and while all the new outfits, stickers, gestures and other items are purely cosmetic, and so don’t affect gameplay, that’s not going to stop kids in particular from wanting them all.
You still can’t buy Reserves (aka supply drops, aka loot boxes) directly but since you can now pay to progress through the tiers you’re able to get at them and their single, random item without actually playing anything. There’s been worse microtransaction systems before this (hello, Star Wars: Battlefront II) but it’s all a considerable step beyond even last year’s WWII.