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Call of Duty Black Ops Pass & Black Ops 4 DLC: 8 Things to Know

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC is a major part of the play experience. You’ll get new maps, new Zombies experiences and much more throughout the life of the game. This is what we know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops Pass, which is the new name of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Season Pass and DLC.

There are major changes to how the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC will work, so you will need to plan ahead as you buy the game and if the Black Ops Pass is worth buying.

This is what you need to know about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC and the Black Ops Pass for Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC Release Dates

What you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC.

What you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC.

Normally you can plan out Call of Duty DLC arrivals pretty easily, but that’s changing with the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC.

There are no longer four different packs of maps that are coming every few months.

Instead of seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC arrive on PS4 one month with four maps and then a month later on Xbox One and PC with four maps, Treyarch plans more frequent releases. This also means you cannot buy the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC individually.

We don’t know how often the new content will arrive, or when the first Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC release date is, but we don’t think you will need to wait as long as you did with Call of Duty: WWII.

Expect to see at least one new map as part of the Black Ops Pass by November or early December.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Season Pass is the Black Ops Pass

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Season Pass is no longer known as a season pass. This doesn’t mean you are getting loads of free Black Ops 4 DLC after the release date. Instead you must purchase the Black Ops Pass if you want the DLC.

Read: Best Black Ops Deals

Many of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 editions come with the Black Ops Pass. This includes;

  • Digital Deluxe
  • Digital Deluxe Enhanced
  • Physical Pro Edition
  • Mystery Box Edition

If you decide to buy the base version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, you will need to buy the equivalent of the season pass later.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC Price

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC price is between $40 and $50.

If you buy the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Edition you pay $99.99, which is $40 more than the standard edition. this includes the Black Ops Pass.

Activision suggests gamers go back to the store and upgrade to this version if they want the Black Ops Pass to get all the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC.

You will be able to purchase the Black Ops Pass as an add-on later — just like you could with a season pass. There is no specific price to buy this outside of a bundle at this time.

Typically we’ve seen a $10 discount when you buy the season pass with the base game at launch, so we expect the Call of Duty: Black Ops Pass will retail for $49.99 when it is available.

You can save $10 on the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe edition when you buy at Best Buy as part of the best Black Ops 4 deals, but there aren’t many deals on the version of the game with the Black Ops Pass.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC Early Access

The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC is coming first to PlayStation. It’s not clear how long the window between releases will be as Treyarch switches to moe frequent releases that you can’t buy alone, but it will be there.

We already see the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 beta coming to PS4 first due to a Sony partnership. With previous Call of Duty DLC, the window was 30 days between systems. Expect to wait if you play Black Ops 4 on Xbox One or PC.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC Content

We know what you get in the Black Ops Pass, but it might not be all the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC content that you get.

There is DLC for multiplayer, Zombies and the new Blackout Battle Royale mode. This is the confirmed Black Ops 4 DLC.

  • “Classified,” a bonus Zombies experience, available at launch
  • 4 additional all-new Zombies experiences
  • 12 Multiplayer maps
  • 4 exclusive Blackout characters

That’s a step down from the 16 maps we used to see with a season pass, and a little shocking considering Call of Duty: WWII at least added War mode maps.

The Blackout characters will likely be cosmetic only, and it’s not clear what they will be yet. There is one massive Blackout map coming, and it’s unclear if they will add in additional maps later.

Activision also states that players will see in-game content and themed events that create “a robust content season.”

Zombies Black Ops 4 DLC

The Zombies Black Ops 4 DLC includes four new Zombies experiences throughout the season. We don’t know what this includes for each release. The Zombies stories will include both the Aether story and the new Chaos Story with the launch episodes and the special bonus Classified.

You also get a bonus Zombies experience when you buy the Black Ops Pass. The Classified Zombies experience goes back to the Ultimis crew and it should answer some of the questions you have from older Zombies missions.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC Criticism

Gamers are upset about the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC plans for several reasons.

The first reason is that Battlefield V and other games are switching to a free DLC mode, Activision is clinging to a season pass and even doubling down on it.

That’s right, doubling down. You can’t buy individual map packs that you might like for $14.99 in Black Ops 4. You either buy the Black Ops Pass nad get the DLC, or you don’t.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 DLC Weapons

We know that there will not be Black Ops 4 DLC weapons in the Black Ops Pass.

We also know that you can buy Call of Duty Points to use in Black Ops 4. That is a clear sign that there will be Supply Drops, and that means you can count on loot boxes to deliver extra DLC.

This may be a new outfit, Double XP, calling cards and emblems — and you can expect to see weapon variants in there as well.

6 Reasons to Pre-Order Black Ops 4 & 4 Reasons To Wait

Pre-Order If You Love The Look of Mutliplayer

We know a lot about the the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer experience from the reveal and E3. There was no tip-toeing around the big questions. We know there is no jet pack or boost jumping. Treyarch made it very clear that this is a grounded multiplayer game, but you can still slide. 

In the introduction we learned about changes to weapons, specialists are back with loads of new abilities and you now have to heal your character in the game instead of it automatically happening. The Pick 10 system is back and so are perks, so you can expect a classic Black Ops gaming feel. Everything looked fast and fluid. 

With no story mode, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 multiplayer is a bigger component and if that is what you love about the game it's a good reason to pre-order. 

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