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Call Duty Black Ops 6 Game Pass

Is Call of Duty on Game Pass a system seller?

It’s been a tumultuous time for Xbox since its acquisition of Activision. There have been layoffs in the thousands, studios have been shuttered, and games once exclusive have been put on other platforms, with more supposedly on the way. With all this, and murmurs of Game Pass growth stagnating, the question on many a gamers lips has been: will Call of Duty be included in Game Pass on day one? Today we have that answer.

This year, Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 will launch into Game Pass on both Xbox consoles and PC. It’s a big move, considering that it would have assuredly sold well on both console and PC, bringing lots of money to the Microsoft (and Xbox) coffers. Of course, Xbox is hoping that it drives subscriptions of Game Pass through the roof, and perhaps shift some consoles as well. But is putting Call of Duty on Xbox Game Pass actually a system seller?

For some it might be. Those who were considering jumping into the Xbox ecosystem who enjoy yearly Call of Duty releases might let it sway their decision: by subscribing to Game Pass they’ll be able to play a wide variety of releases including the latest Call of Duty games after all. But the problem is, devout Call of Duty fans are still going to be better off playing it wherever they currently do so.

Xbox Game Pass currently costs £8.99/$10.99 a month, with Ultimate being even more expensive. While it’s not been announced which version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 will be included in Game Pass as of yet, we’re fairly confident in saying that it’ll standard version, meaning those picking up an Xbox and Game Pass just for Call of Duty will actually be paying more to access it over the course of a year. Chances are they’ll be paying around £100 or more for their Game Pass subscription, then buying additional extras such as battle passes.

Ultimately, those who play Call of Duty all year round will still be better off simply buying and owning the latest releases on whichever console they like. Still, it’s a great win for Xbox gamers, especially if they already subscribe to Game Pass — they’re effectively getting access to the latest Call of Duty games for free. But unless it drives Game Pass growth or console market share, is it a win for Microsoft?

There’s a very real possibility that Game Pass will see another price rise in the future to enable such high-profile games to launch into the service. Either that, or another Game Pass tier could be introduced, perhaps not including such games at launch. Whatever happens, Microsoft and Xbox is making big moves by launching Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 into Game Pass on day one, and the results could very much affect the Xbox brand moving ahead.

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