The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 microtransactions may have been revealed as part of a “Black Market” system for players. Offering cosmetic changes they use an in-game currency known as Crytokeys, though so far these are only in-game currency and don’t require real world money.
As you can see from the image revealed by CharlieIntel Crytokeys can be used to buy “Contraband” Supply Drops. The cosmetic items will be attachment variants, taunts, gestures, and more. The two types of Supply Drop will be Common Supply Drop and Rare Supply Drop, with the rare obviously being more expensive.
These Cryptokeys are earned in game, with the player earning 1 CrytoKey per match. While it has not yet been confirmed yet they could also be connected to the Dark Ops challenges. While there doesn’t appear to be an option to buy these CrytoKeys with real money at the moment this may change once the game is officially out.
Once the game is up and running officially we’ll be able to see just how the Black Market works, and how the microtransactions will affect the game. If real money can be used, this will obviously be optional, and with the Supply Drops offering cosmetic changes there shouldn’t really be a detrimental impact on the game.
As with games like Destiny and Halo 5: Guardians, microtransactions are becoming part of the game and are players accept their use. While it may be questionable whether players should be expected to pay more for games after paying full price for them in the end it is up to the player to make this decision. In the case of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Crytokeys may stay only as in-game currency, or to help make them more interesting, real-world money may become involved.
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