More Pay to Win Nonsense Has Emerged in Call of Duty After Latest Operator Skin Includes Controversial Bonus, as Long as Some Simple Criteria Are Met

Are the new skins really worth it?

More Pay to Win Nonsense has Emerged in Call of Duty after Latest Operator Skin Includes Controversial Bonus, as Long as Some Simple Criteria are Met

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  • Call of Duty introduces the Killer: Serial Creep Party Pack, with XP bonuses to players who purchase and wear the skins.
  • Players express frustration over the game's shift towards pay-to-win mechanics, as the skins grant in-game advantages that affect gameplay.
  • This isn't the first time Activision has faced criticism for introducing pay-to-win elements, such as the DMZ bundles.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone just got some new Operator skins, and fans are not happy after finding out about their gimmick.

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Players are never happy with pay-to-win elements being added to a game, but with the franchise’s latest edition, this could be the last straw for some. If you’re someone who tends to buy skins immediately after release, you might want to hold back on this one for now.

Call of Duty Gets ‘Pay-to-Win’ Skins That the Whole Party Needs to Buy

People have a lot to say about the new Call of Duty skins
People have a lot to say about the new Call of Duty skins.

If you thought Activision’s pay-to-win monetization techniques couldn’t get any worse, don’t hold your breath; it’s on a mission to prove you wrong.

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Recently, a new set of paid skins was released in Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone called the Killer: Serial Creep Party Pack. It’s priced at 1,600 CoD points, or roughly $15.

This time, the major issue isn’t the price; it’s the insane bonus the set gives. According to the description, if your party wears a skin from the set, you’ll get XP bonuses.

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When your party has at least 2 members wearing the set, it’s a Double XP and Double Weapon XP bonus. If the party has at least 3 members fulfilling the conditions, it’s an added Double Battlepass XP bonus along with the other bonuses mentioned.

The grind in Call of Duty games is a lot, and these bonuses are super helpful to get through it quickly. However, is it fair to lock permanent XP bonuses behind paid cosmetics?

Also, if you typically play with friends, they’ll have to buy the skin too for everyone to maximize XP gains. It wouldn’t be surprising to see people refuse to team up with randos that don’t have the skin.

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Players Are Fuming at Activision, but This Isn’t the First Time

Activision has a history of adding microtransactions that are disliked by the community
Activision has a history of adding microtransactions that are disliked by the community.

Unsurprisingly, fans are disappointed with Activision following the pack’s release, but they’re not surprised.

One user on X/Twitter felt that the company kept testing what monetization tactics it could implement and get away with with minimal backlash.

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Another user commented that people need to hold the company accountable for implementing these practices.

Some argued that it wasn’t a big deal because the skins only let players get XP faster, and you have the option to choose whether you want it or not. This isn’t the first time Activision pulled this off.

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Let’s go back to 2023, when players uncovered a Bomb Squad Operator bundle for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that included an Operator skin, which gave players a free medium backpack at the start of every DMZ match.

Dataminers found more such bundle equipment where players could spend real money to get permanent advantages, such as UAVs, revive kits, and armor vests that players would have at the start of every DMZ match.

What do you think about the way Activision approaches microtransactions for Call of Duty? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Vibha Hegde

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Vibha is an avid gamer that has been in the content writing space for over three years. With a Bachelors in Computer Applications, Vibha chooses to explore their passion for pop culture and gaming. When not hunkered over a controller trying to beat the Demon of Hatred in Sekiro, you can find Vibha relaxing to jazz during a digital painting session.