The most popular franchise Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s design director, David Vonderhaar, has defended a gaming interview where he said that Blackout characters would be only be locked behind the missions. The interview resurfaced after the latest update of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Operation Grand Heist, snuck multiple loot boxes into the game and trapped some of the new characters inside them.
It has become increasingly hard to escape Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s microtransactions. It is a premium game with a season pass, a battle pass, cosmetic shop and now these loot crates, called reserve crates in-game.
Vonderhaar said that, knowing what he knew then, the video of the interview was published in September 2018, that was the answer he could only give.
At the time this interview was being conducted, which was previous to shipping the Call of Duty game, that is precisely and exactly how it worked. If I went back in time and re-did this interview, I would have to answer it the similar way I did then, he said.
He pointed out that changes occur across the development process, and they are not always decisions of design. Specialists being unlocked through various microtransactions and new characters being added through the season pass are two such instances, both of which changed after the interview.
I can easily tell you what we have done and what we are planning on doing further, but things change that even I cannot predict or I did not know about, he continued his saying. Doubly true with the side of business things that have very little or small insight into and even much less control over.
The alternative, then he said, was not giving the interviews at all.
I answer all the questions as best I can with the complete data and information I have at the time I am asked. If the time passes and things have since changed, you could accuse me of not being visionary, but a liar is someone who is purposefully trying to false and deceive you. That is just not the case.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s performance, particularly retail, did not meet the expectations of popular publisher Activision, which recently reported record profits and laid off hundreds and thousands of people.
When Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Operation Grand Heist was properly disclosed just before its grand launch, it was not remotely clear that loot boxes would be the price of all the major new stuff. And they are the worst kind of loot boxes ever: they cannot be earned just by playing the game. You need to spend some cash and you still might end up with poor the rewards and even various duplicates.
Because of an exclusivity deal with Sony company, PC players have yet to open any of these mega loot boxes. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Operation Grand Heist launched on PS4 console on Wednesday, but everyone else will have to wait until the next coming week.