Black Ops 2 introduces microtransactions on Xbox 360

Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Bacon Personalization Pack
Tomorrow, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will be updated on Xbox 360 with a single-purchase ‘Extra Slots Pack’ available for 160 MSP ($2), offering players 10 additional Create-A-Class slots and extra space for media storage, letting Theater Mode users archive 20 more emblems, 32 more films and 40 more screenshots.

The Nuketown Zombies map, previously only available with the Black Ops 2 Season Pass or with the Hardened and Care Package editions of the game, will also be released for 400 MSP ($4), while the Nuketown 2025 multiplayer map, previously a pre-order exclusive, will be released to all for free.

“At the end of the day, all of these items are completely optional, and were created for players who’ve asked for more customization options,” says Amrich.

“If that’s not you, that’s fine; everybody gets Nuketown 2025 for free, so definitely take advantage of that.”

Finally, “Flags of the World Calling Card Packs” are available for 80 points ($1) per regional pack. “Personalization Packs” let you customize your weapon, Calling Card, and reticle for 160 points ($2), with One of Swords showing the “Bacon personalization pack” above as a very weird example. It’s like a free-to-play model, except you also pay a bunch for the game! At least this stuff is optional, and isn’t consumable.

“And yes,” One of Swords writer Dan Amrich notes, “these will be coming to other platforms as well; when I know a date, I’ll post about it.”

The content will be released on “other platforms” at a later date.