Activision is doing something weird. For $15, you can now buy the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 multiplayer starter pack. For ages now people have echoed how they’re only interested in the multiplayer portion of Call of Duty. Apparently Activision is finally listening.
The $15 pack is now available on Steam. It’s not a perfect alternative for someone who only wants to play Call of Duty multiplayer, since it’s missing a few features they would otherwise want, but it comes close.
The Multiplayer Starter Pack gives you access to Public Ranked Multiplayer matches and features including Weapon Paint Shop, Gunsmith, Arena, Freerun, Theater, and the Black Market.
What’s not included, however, is everything else:
- Zombies game mode
- Campaign game mode
- Ability to play in Multiplayer custom games
- Ability to Prestige (your level will be capped at 55 in the Starter Pack)
- Access to mod tools or modded content (once released)
- Access to unranked server browser (once released)
- Ability to Fresh Start your profile
- The ability to access Dead Ops Arcade II and Nightmares mode
Still, for $15, it’s an interesting idea. Maybe in the future Activision will go as far as to offer the full modes for $20, but this is an interesting start, especially for someone who wants to check out the Multiplayer but doesn’t want to spend the full $60, or wait for one of the inevitable free weekends. Although I can see this replacing those all together. If you buy the starter pack and decide that you absolutely love Call of Duty and want to explore all it has to offer, Activision gives you the option to upgrade to the full version for a mere $45.
Another thing to mention is that this starter pack is a limited offer, and will disappear from Steam, fading into the aether, after February 29th.
Personally, I think Black Ops 3 is the best Call of Duty in quite some time, and being able to spend $15 on the one part of the game that everyone plays is, in a word, a deal, even if you miss out on the opportunity to prestige, which a lot of people skip on anyway. The other big downsides to the starter pack is not being able to take advantage of the modded content when that eventually comes out.
Love it or hate it, now you have one additional way of playing Call of Duty.