Have you ever wanted to wander around in a multiplayer shooter clutching a gun made of bacon or plastered with Hello Kitty faces? No, me either, but Activision and Treyarch apparently believe there’s enough demand for this kind of japery that they’ve decided to make it a reality. An upcoming update will open Call of Duty: Black Ops II to cosmetic skins, which you’ll be able to purchase as premium DLC, adding a new revenue line to the shooter.
The microtransactions have already gone live on Xbox 360, and are due on “other platforms” – presumably both PC and PS3 – sometime in the near future. Each personalisation pack will add a unique weapon camp, three targeting reticles (one each for the Reflex, EO Tech, and ACOG sights), and a custom player Calling Card; PC pricing has not been announced, but it’ll be the equivalent of 160 MSP. Available packs include Bacon, Kawaii and Dia de Muertos; browse them here.
The timing of the move is quite interesting, as Black Ops 2′s sales have just begun to slow, at least in the US; the NPD Group’s most recent report had Dead Space 3 finally knocking the shooter of its number one monthly sales chart position, where it has reigned since its November launch.
The Xbox 360 version has also received a couple of other DLC updates, and again, PC availability has not been detailed, but in short, Nuketown 2025 became free for all; an Extra Slots pack allows more room for loadouts; Nuketown Zombies is available for purchase; and a Calling Cards pack provides flags from around the world.