Black Ops 4 Loot Boxes Added, And People Aren’t Happy


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 now has loot boxes, a little over four months after launch. The general consensus seems to be that they’re… not very good. 

In a move drenched in irony, the loot boxes – here known as “Reserve Crates” presumably because the term “loot box” has become a dirty one – were added to the game in an update called The Grand Heist. You really can’t make this stuff up.


A single Reserve Crate costs cost 200 COD Points, which amounts to £1.79 a pop. A Reserve Crate contains three different cosmetic items; outfits, weapon skins, warpaint, and the like.

Unfortunately it can go beyond merely cosmetic, as Reserve Crates can (and do) contain new signature weapons. Eurogamer, for example, reported finding a “MKII” version of a gun that actually offers a 25 percent exp boost per kill.

It’s 2019. How in the name of Jeff have we not moved on from loot boxes in premium games that offer distinct gameplay advantages?

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the Reserve Crates don’t show you the probability of duplicates and rare items, which is at least something EA does with its FIFA Ultimate Team packs and new Apex Legends loot boxes.


Needless to say, people really aren’t thrilled with Activision dumping loot boxes on a game four months after launch with all the grace and subtlety of a drowning horse.

Just take a look at some unhappy customers on that there Twitter:

Obviously this isn’t a great look for a company that is currently being accused of intense greed after it fired 800 people the same day it boasted of record earnings in 2018.

I’d usually follow something like that up with a joke or sarcastic comment to close the article, but it’s just not really funny at this point, is it?