In a move that serves to do little more than annoy players on other platforms, Activision and Sony have announced details of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 content exclusivity deal for PS4.
This is nothing new, particularly when it comes to the Call of Duty franchise, but it’s always disappointing when you don’t own the platform that has exclusive content. Do companies expect players to go out and buy another platform just to get some exclusive content? Who knows?
Thankfully, this deal isn’t going to last as long as some of the month’s long deals of the past. PS4 players will get free content seven days before other platforms, which has dropped from the 30 days that was previously announced. You’ve really got to wonder why they’re bothering to do this.
The content will take the form of new maps and specialists over the coming months, with a release schedule consisting of smaller content drops rather than big expansions. It’s a model that games such as Fortnite have perfected, and you’ll see more of this as more publishers move to a ‘games as a service’ model.
Players an expect to get free content consisting of the following:
- Nuketown: The fan-favourite map returns in November.
- Specialists: A new character arrives in December.
- Blackout: CoD’s new ‘battle royale’ mode will constantly evolve, with map updates and new modes.
- Events: Seasonal and time-limited events with new game modes and content.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One on October 12.