Call of Duty: Black Ops III’s multiplayer goes standalone


Activision has lifted the lid on a swanky new multiplayer starter pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops III, which essentially gives people a crack at the game’s multiplayer suite for a far lower price than that of the full game.

Making Call of Duty modular and letting people buy only the parts to which they want access is something fans have suggested and speculated on for years, so it’s cool to see the game finally making a move in this direction.

The starter pack will set you back the relatively low price of R199 and is currently exclusive to Steam – but before you reach for your credit card, know that it does impose some limitations that go beyond simply cutting out the single-player campaign and the zombie mode.

Firstly, you won’t be able to play custom multiplayer games, only public ranked matches. There’s no Prestige function, so you’re capped at level 55. You won’t be able to access any modded content, at least at launch. There’s also apparently no means to Fresh Start your profile and reset your stats. Thankfully a bunch of other cool stuff like the Gunsmith, Weapon Paint Shop and Theater mode are all included in the package. The full list of what you can and can’t do with the starter pack is on its Steam page, which I feel I’ve now linked to thousands of times.

To tell you the truth, I’ve not been the slightest bit interested in Call of Duty‘s solo campaign or its multiplayer mode in years. What I would’ve really liked to see go standalone is the zombie mode, because I still think that’s a blast and the one included with Black Ops III looks like solid fun.

Activision says that the offer is only available until February 29th. If you purchase the multiplayer starter pack, you’ll always have the option to upgrade to the full game for the difference in price. Be sure to read Michael’s review of the game if you’re wondering what we thought of it.