Activision and Sony have been criticized for the inclusion of exclusive in-game features, which will only be coming to PlayStation versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Following the unveiling of a ‘Sony Advantage’ trailer last Friday (November 6) PlayStation promoted early access to the new Zombies Onslaught Mode, bonus weapon XP, two new load-out slots, monthly double XP, and five battle pass bundle tier skips.
These offers have only been made available on the PS4 and PS5 until November 1, 2021.
The PlayStation Party Bonus will award players in parties on Sony consoles an additional 25% weapon XP, with the Double XP bonus offering double experience points for 24 hours every month exclusively to PlayStation players.
The decisions have been labeled as “anti-consumer”, with Reddit user BenjaminWareing saying: "Last year, an exclusive game mode was lame enough, but it was not game-changing. It was manageable and a somewhat fair trade-off for cross-platform and all that other stuff.” However, Wareing described this move as “crossing the line.”
Another Reddit user, TheDavidOfReddit added that this latest move had “gone beyond console exclusivity”, citing it instead as an advantage focused on Sony’s consoles.
Responses vary, with one Reddit user even claiming to have canceled their pre-order of Black Ops Cold War. The general opinion serves against the exclusive offers available with the new game, with large amounts of fans ridiculing the rewards.
With November 13 looming ever closer, Activision recently outlined the file sizes required of consoles for the sequel to Black Ops. For those who've pre-ordered the PS5 and Xbox's new consoles, their systems will be taking the biggest hits. While the PS5 dominates 133GB of space, the Xbox Series X/S will eat up an even larger 136GB.
Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will arrive on November 13, 2020, launching across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Series X, S, and PC