But wait! Before you start convulsing and frothing at the mouth, know that Activision is calling them “Micro Items”. It’s a different name so it’s totally not the same thing as microtransactions – it’s just you’re conducting little transactions for tiny, additional features. See? Totally not the same thing.
Starting from tomorrow 13 March (and on Xbox 360 at first because timed exclusivity) Black Ops 2 junkies will be able to customise their experience a little bit more. And that’s pretty much all there is to these microtransactions “Micro Items” – greater levels of customisation.
For 160 MS Points you’ll be able to pick up a Personalisation Pack, which will allow you to “dress-up for your favourite weapon” in, say, bacon if you wanted to. Another Micro Item is the Extra Slots Pack, which will add a further 10 Create a Class slots for you to save custom loadouts. The Extra Slots Pack will also allow you to store another 40 screenshots, 32 films and 20 more emblems.
One really neat Micro Item hitting the market tomorrow is the Flags of the World Calling Card Pack, which will add each country’s flag as a kill card so that that annoying eight year-old knows that he just got knifed by somebody in South Africa – assuming they can recognise the South African flag that is.
Naturally, Activision has been expecting the obligatory, knee-jerk gamer reaction to the announcement of these Micro Items, and so community manager Dan Amrich has gone on record to remind everyone that “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. If that’s not you, that’s fine; everybody gets Nuketown 2025 for free, so definitely take advantage of that.”
Oh yes, what he said: everyone gets the Nuketown map for free. That was originally a pre-order bonus, but the super price of “free” is only available for one week so look lively.