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  • Artist's rendering of an average gamer after hearing they'll have to spend $10 extra for a next-gen copy of Black Ops: Cold War.
  • I will burn this whole place to the ground before paying $10 extra.
  • I warned you I'd burn this whole place to the ground!
  • If you want that helicopter to look as good as possible on your fancy new console, you'll have to shell out $10 more.
  • The helicopter pilot was surprised at the riots that ensued below him after the game's pricing announcement.
  • They'll pay. They'll all pay. Pay $10 extra, that is.

Players who want to play the newly announced Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War on the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X will have to pay an additional $10 for the privilege. And whether fans agree with that call or not, a slew of versions and clarifications about physical copies isn't helping the messaging for today's news.

Following today's official reveal of the game, Activision is detailing three different versions of the title for pre-order ahead of a Nov. 13 launch:

    • Standard Edition ($59.99): The standard game available for Xbox One, PS4, or PC, complete with "cross generation, cross play and cross progression support" if you upgrade later.
    • Cross-Gen Bundle ($69.99): The Standard Edition with "a dual entitlement… which allows you to play on current (PS4, Xbox One) and next-generation consoles within the same console family (PS5, Xbox Series X)."
  • Ultimate Edition ($89.99): Current and next-generation versions of the game, plus exclusive skins and a Season Pass. (also available on PC)

In addition to those digital packages, Activision also lists physical Standard Editions of the game, which will cost $59.99 for current-generation consoles and $69.99 for next-generation consoles. And while the Xbox Series X physical Standard Edition will include a copy for Xbox One, the PS5 physical edition will not include a copy for PS4.

To make things even more confusing, the cheaper PS4 and Xbox One digital versions of the game will play via backward compatibility on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, respectively, according to online store listings. Those versions should get some basic performance improvements on the higher-end hardware, but they won't be able to get fuller benefits like more detailed textures, higher native resolutions, and faster load times.

One more makes a trend

Activision's move comes weeks after Take Two similarly set a $69.99 price point for the next-generation versions of NBA2K21, which is also $10 higher than the Xbox One and PS4 versions of that game. But Take Two is asking cross-generational players to shell out $99.99 for a "Mamba Forever Edition" if they want access to both a current and next-generation version of the game in one package.

  • Packaging for the $69.99 physical editions of the game on next-generation systems.
  • Packaging for the $59.99 physical current-generation editions. Notice the confusing similarities across the Xbox packaging in particular.
  • The branding imagery for the $69.99 digital "cross-gen bundle" Read More – Source [contf] [contfnew]

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