Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare could be about to add more microtransactions in the form of 'CODPoints,' according to a prematurely posted PlayStation Store listing.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has proved controversial and divisive right from its announcement. The game's debut trailer received masses of hate as fans rallied against its futuristic setting, complaining that the game represented a huge departure from the Call of Duty gameplay that they'd come to love and expect. Although this has petered out somewhat since the game launched earlier this month, yet again fans are finding themselves frustrated as Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare looks set to introduce more microtransactions.
In an image posted on reddit, it appears that a listing for CODPoints for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare popped up on the North American PlayStation Store before being pulled several hours later. Power Up Gaming also reports that following the latest Infinite Warfare update, the icon for CODPoints can be seen on the game's menu when online play has been disabled.
The game's publisher Activision and developer Infinity Ward have yet to confirm that CODPoints will be added to the game, or how they will work, though some pointers can be taken from Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. Post-launch, Black Ops 3 added CODPoints microtransactions, with the currency only available to players who spent real money. CODPoints could then be spent on new weapons (e.g butterfly knife and brass knuckles), new taunts, and cosmetic items such as camouflage skins for weapons. Prices ranged from $2 for 200 points up to $99.99 for 13,000 points.
It's easy to see why Infinite Warfare players are already expressing concerns. The game already features microtransactions, with supply boxes able to be purchased with real money (though boxes can also be earned) and they may feel like they're missing out by not having extra cash to spend on the game. As was the case with Halo 5: Guardians' microtransactions and other games that feature microtransactions in their multiplayer modes, players are worried that Infinite Warfare will become 'pay to win' and put anyone who can't afford the payments at a significant disadvantage.
Activision and Infinity Ward, though, may just see this as 'smart business.' With Infinite Warfare's sales down 50% on Black Ops 3, the companies may see CODPoints as a way of boosting the game's revenue. It's also unlikely that more microtransactions would be added unless gamers were buying them and that the money brought in from those who don't mind them outweighs that of those who dislike them and never spend a penny these premium currencies. So for all the arguments, it seems that until that changes, the business model is here to stay.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.