This week's Deals with Gold selection on Xbox has rubbed certain Xbox fans the wrong way, as several Call of Duty titles are still ludicrously priced - despite being discounted by up to 67% off over the next few days.
Fans took to Reddit to express their distaste for the pricing, highlighting Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II in particular. Even though the titles were released in 2010 and 2012, the Microsoft Store is still listing them at £39.99 / $49.99, or the now temporary discounted price of £15.99 / $19.99.
The main cause for concern amongst the community is their high price even after a sale. Many have also noted how the multiplayer in several of these titles is either dead or filled with hackers, meaning players are paying a hefty sum for a short campaign and potentially some zombie modes.
The Call of Duty library doesn't appear to scale its pricing accordingly on the Xbox store, with a 2010 game such as Call of Duty: Black Ops costing the same as 2016's Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Fast forward a year or two later and you're still seeing titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 at the full retail price of £59.99 / $59.99.
Looking at a British retail chain that specialises in selling pre-owned copies of games known as CEX, you can pick up titles such as Call of Duty: Black Ops for £8 or even more modern titles such as Call of Duty: WWII for £10. It is important to note these are pre-owned prices, but you're still getting a physical copy and a huge discount compared to the digital versions.
There's clearly an issue here and perhaps an indication Activision believes people will pay the price for the brand alone. While it's not surprising recent titles are still quite pricey, there's no excuse for an 11-year-old game to be so expensive.
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