For a limited time, Activision is offering a multiplayer-only version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 to Steam users for a reduced price.
The “Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Multiplayer Starter Pack” costs $14.99 USD and gives buyers access to “Public Ranked Multiplayer matches and features including Weapon Paint Shop, Gunsmith, Arena, Freerun, Theater, and the Black Market,” according to the Steam page.
Starter Pack players will still be able to purchase COD Points and the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass, but will only get access to the multiplayer maps and multiplayer Supply Drops — not the zombies content. They’re also not restricted from partying up with friends who own the full game, though some limitations to Custom Games, Zombies, or Campaign will apply. An icon designating ownership of the Starter Pack will appear over players’ names in-game as well.
Alternatively, Starter Pack owners can upgrade at any time to a full version of the game with the price paid for the Starter Pack automatically deducted from the price of the full game or Digital Deluxe Edition. All progress, including COD Points, will carry over to the full game.
Here’s everything the Starter Pack does not include:
- 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
Steam users can pick it up the Multiplayer Starter Pack on the store until February 29. As of this writing, it’s not clear if Activision or Treyarch has plans to offer something similar to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users. On Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is already a multiplayer-only title, but with less limitations and access to all zombies content.
While you’re not really getting a “discount” on the full title, per se, the the Multiplayer Starter Pack is a neat new idea for a triple-A shooter like Call of Duty that, at the very least, offers a reasonable purchase alternative. After all, Multiplayer is arguably the most popular feature of these games, and to be able to get permanent access to all of it, minus the ability to Prestige, for only $15 is pretty cool. What do you think? Should more multiplayer-focused games try a similar tactic?