Some developers and publishers have been moving away from season passes the last few years, and EA announced that they'd do the same thing with Battlefield V last month. This means that all future maps and modes will be free for all players. A nice way to not separate the player base. That's why it's all the more surprising that Activision and Treyarch have chosen to go in the completely opposite direction with the multiplayer-focused Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
After detailing the game's special editions and so-called Black Ops Pass a couple of days ago, the publisher has released an FAQ that has a few interesting details for us. The most noteworthy one might just be that it won't be possible to purchase future expansions and DLC separately. You'll instead need access to the season pass:
"Question: Will I be able to buy parts of Black Ops Pass content individually, like DLC Map Packs from previous Call of Duty games?
Answer: No. The contents included in Black Ops Pass may only be purchased as a bundle."
Many players have said that other Call of Duty games have made it difficult to play together with your party because different players might have access to different kinds of content, so the core idea of this decision is okay. Now, the player base will only be separated into two groups: those who own the season pass and those who don't. But it also means that you might have to pay for content you don't actually want, including a special edition of the game at first. That's because the season pass won't be available separately from the special editions yet either, once again according to the FAQ:
"Question: Can I buy Black Ops Pass as a standalone product?
Answer: Black Ops Pass will be available as a standalone offering at a later date."
This statement has even been altered, as the heavily criticised original stated the following:
"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"
So it sounds like we'll get to purchase the Black Ops Pass without spending some extra cash for the special editions sometime in the future. Does this mean before or after October 12? We don't know, but it seems like Activision is highly reactive to the subject so we might get our answer soon. Either way, you'll definitely need a season pass to get more noteworthy content after launch.
What do you think of this solution?