Starting tomorrow on the Xbox 360 Call of Duty Black Ops 2 will be getting microtransactions, meaning players will be able to buy additional customization options for their in-game items.
These ‘Micro Items’ as they are called in Black Op 2 are the first purchasable items that the game has introduced and have been described by Activision’s Dam Amrich as “either personal customizations or nice little luxuries” which will not “affect gameplay” and are “small, specific ways to enhance your online experience”.
He added “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”.
The items available to buy are Personalisation Packs which will cost 160 Microsoft Points each and contain three weapon camo designs, three reticules and a Calling Card. Additionally you can also buy an Extra Slots Pack which gets you ten extra Create-a-Class slots for 160 Microsoft Points, a ‘Flags of the World’ Calling Card pack at 80 points, and the Nuketown 2025 Zombies map for 400 points.
If none of that interests you, tomorrow you can also get the Nuketown 2025 multiplayer map for free on the Xbox 360. The microtransactions will be coming to the PC and PS3 at a later date.
When you first hear that microtransactions are coming it sounds like a negative thing, in other games microtransactions allow players to get an advantage over others but as long as it is just harmless weapon skins then that is okay, it’s when you can start getting items that make you better at the game that we should start to worry. This isn’t a free-to-play game after all.