Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 update adds exciting new weapons but locks them behind loot boxes

June 5, 2019
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Black Ops 4 is a potentially great game marred by monetisation issues. Along with the hugely unpopular decision to introduce loot boxes four months after launch, Activision has introduced several laughable microtransactions such as £20 hammers and £1.79 smiley face reticles (yes, really).

Now, things have taken a turn for the worse yet again, as the hugely promising Days of Summer update has locked nearly all the update’s new weapons behind loot boxes.

As detailed in the patch notes for Days of Summer, the new weapons – including a Vendetta sniper rifle, S6 Stingray tactical rifle, Peacekeeper assault rifle, Locus bolt-action sniper rifle and Ballistic Knife – sound pretty damn awesome. Less awesome is the fact only one of these can be earned completely for free via Black Ops 4’s tier system: the Vendetta sniper rifle, which unlocks at tier 50. The other four are tucked away in Reserves (the Blops 4 term for loot boxes, previously known in COD as supply drops).

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