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In a surprise move, Activision has made a change to their Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC plan part way through the DLC season. With the release of DLC Pack 3 – Descent, they have decided that, going forward, almost all DLC will only be in the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass, with the ability to purchase the packs separately removed.

The “announcement” of this decision was done with absolutely no warning, or fanfare. They pulled down the DLC available for sale separately and stuck a small notice in the copyright section of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass page, which reads as follows:

Individual DLC map packs can no longer be purchased separately on PC. You must purchase Season Pass in order to obtain DLC map packs. If you have previously purchased DLC 1 and/or DLC 2 separately, you will have the option to purchase Season Pass at a discounted rate. This discount is redeemable via Steam coupon and will only be visible while you are logged into your Steam account and have added the Season Pass to your cart.

At this time, the only DLC that hasn’t been made Season Pass exclusive now is the former season pass exclusive bonus map, The Giant Zombies Map. Originally available only to Season Pass owners, in June it was released as a stand-alone paid DLC for $6 that those without the Season Pass could purchase.

It is also worth noting that this doesn’t just affect multiplayer map packs. It also effects the on-going zombie mode story that has been expanded with each of the DLC releases so far. If someone wanted to buy each piecemeal and have the option to stop if they were no longer enjoying the story or gameplay, that option has been removed. Additionally, if someone wanted to dip their toes into the DLC to see how it was or wanted to get a particular map that they heard was good, on PC that option has been removed, requiring $50 for the whole season pass. 

The discount, as reported on Steam forums by DLC owners, appears to be 30% for one, and 60% for two, although there are also reports of users receiving multiple coupons as well.

Console versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 have not been effected by this change.

We have reached out to Activision and Treyarch for comment, but as of publishing have not received any response. We will update this with any information we received on the situation.

What do you think of this change to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3‘s DLC on PC? What about the method it was done in? Do you think this method will be brought to consoles, or carried onto Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Don Parsons

News Editor

I've been a gamer for years of various types starting with the Sega Genesis and Shining Force when I was young. If I'm not playing video games, I'm often roleplaying, reading, writing, or pondering things brought up by speculative fiction.