Sony and Activision have a long-standing Call of Duty marketing deal which in recent years has seen PlayStation owners receive a range of exclusive content including in-game bundles, exclusive game modes and early access to public tests.
PS4 and PS5 players who pre-ordered Modern Warfare 2 through the PlayStation Store already received the Oni Operator Pack on day one, but a new website has today confirmed additional benefits only available on the platforms.
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“Exclusive benefits” for PlayStation Modern Warfare 2 players include:
- Battle Pass Bundle Bonus: PlayStation players that purchase a Battle Pass Bundle will get an additional 5 tier skips.
- Double XP Points: PlayStation players receive exclusive Monthly Double XP events (24 hr duration).
- Combat Packs: Get a free in-game bundle each Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II season. Includes such items as an Operator Skin, Weapon Blueprint, Emblem and much more. Limited time only for PlayStation Plus members.
- PlayStation Party Bonus: PlayStation players that play together in parties receive +25% bonus weapon XP. The bonus still counts when playing with cross-platform teammates.
- Extra Loadouts: PlayStation players get an additional 2 loadout slots. Available when Create-A-Class unlocks upon reaching Level 4.
Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer mode officially went live on Friday, following a week of early access to the game’s campaign for those who pre-ordered.
Despite repeated assurances from Xbox that the Call of Duty series, which is regularly the best-selling release of the year in the US, will remain on PlayStation, Sony has been engaged in an increasingly public war of words over the proposed deal, and told press that Microsoft’s offer in regards to the future of CoD was “inadequate on many levels”.
Regulators around the world are currently scrutinising the deal, with the UK’s CMA voicing similar concerns that the deal could harm PlayStation and other game subscription services, should Microsoft make Activision Blizzard content exclusive to its platform.
Microsoft said in response to the CMA’s decision to expand its inquiry this week that it has “no intention to take Call of Duty away from gamers” and claimed that doing so would “tarnish both the Call of Duty and Xbox brands”.