There’s good and bad news, so I’ll give you the bad news first, then you can have the good news for pudding. Nice aren’t I?
Well, it’s finally happened: Black Ops 2 will support micro transactions. Yes, you did read that right, microtransactions. Despite the amount of flak EA has received for incorporating microtransactions into their games, Activision are still going ahead with the dubious move. To be fair, it’s not that invasive and doesn’t affect the overall play, so you won’t be at a disadvantage if you don’t purchase the “Micro Items” as they have been dubbed by Activision;s Dan Amrich, the firms social media manager.
These “Micro Items” will be vanity items at most, letting you customise your weapons, extra slots for theatre mode or your loadouts, the full list can be found below:
- Personalization PacksLike dress-up for your favorite weapons. Each themed pack contains a unique weapon camo, three targeting reticles (one each for the Reflex, EO Tech, and ACOG sights), and a custom player Calling Card. All that stuff comes as a set for 160 MS Points (£1.37 / €1.92 / $2.00), One notable example: the Bacon Personalization Pack (!) wraps your favorite weapon in the most delicious cured meat known to man.
- Extra Slots PackThis one’s for the players who requested even more loadouts and/or are fans of Theater Mode. You can now get 10 more Create-a-Class slots (giving you 20 total if you’ve gone all the way up to Prestige Master) and significantly expand your media storage, allowing you to archive 20 more emblems, 32 more films and 40 more screenshots for 160 MS Points (£1.37 / €1.92 / $2.00),.
- Flags of the World Calling Card PacksThese packs include national flag-themed Calling Cards from countries around the world. Packs are divided by geographical region and costs 80 MS Points (£0.69 / €0.96 / €0.96), per region pack.
Right now for the good news: Nuketown 2025 is going to be free for all to download and play, wunderbar!
This is a bit more split though, as Nuketown 2025 was initially reserved for those who bought the more expensive version of Black Ops 2, but it’s not all roses. As Nuketown 2025 goes free to play on multiplayer, Nuketown Zombies will cost you a bit of extra cash, 400 Microsoft points to be exact.
The rest of the update can be found below:
- Nuketown 2025
Folks have been asking me about the pre-order bonus map’s wide availability for some time now, so here it is – and it’s free, so all players can enjoy it together.
- Nuketown Zombies
If you didn’t get Nuketown Zombies as part of the Hardened or Care Package limited editions of the game, now you can get it as a standalone level for 400 MS Points.
Ending the post, Dan Amrich finishes with:
“At the end of the day, all of these items are completely optional, and were created for players who’ve asked for more customization options. If that’s not you, that’s fine; everybody gets Nuketown 2025 for free, so definitely take advantage of that. For complete info, check out the official site starting tomorrow. And yes, these will be coming to other platforms as well; when I know a date, I’ll post about it.”
So, just to clarify, there’s nothing you have to buy that will put you at a disadvantage, it’s all completely optional and is only meant for players who take more time grooming their online persona than they do on real-life personal hygiene.
Plus, you’ll be getting Nuketown 2025 for absolutely diddly-squat, but if you want to slay some undead Zombies with Nuketown Zombies, you’ll have to cough up the cash for the privilege.
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