There was burst of excitement among the small but passionate segment of the Call of Duty fanbase obsessed with Treyarch’s Zombies mode, when a leaked trailer hinted at it’s inclusion in the latest Call of Duty title, earlier this week.
Now there will officially be a Zombies mode for a mere… $50 more dollars.
Players will be able to play the new mode for nearly double the price of the retail game. Yes, that’s not a joke–or it’s a bad one where “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare costs $110″ is the punchline.
A Gamestop press release announced that the beloved Zombies mode will be DLC, accessed by purchasing the $50 season pass for the game:
Breaking News for Call of Duty Fans – Zombies are Back!
This just in, Zombies are back as part of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare season pass! Stop by any GameStop to pick up one of the most anticipated games to launch this year, along with 4-multiplayer map packs, Atlas Gorge, and yes – ZOMBIES. All this is available for purchase today GameStop as part of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare season pass for only $49.99.
Whether the Zombies mode was built as an addition to the core game or cut out from it to rake in more of that sweet, sweet Call of Duty money, it’s likely going to disappoint and anger plenty of gamers.
It’s possible that the new Zombies mode may be rolled out separately–as a separate DLC purchase–later on, but as it stands now you’re looking at $110 for the full Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare experience. This must be particularly frustrating for the surprisingly large numbers of gamers who play the Zombies modes almost, if not completely, exclusively from the standard multiplayer modes.
It’s a surprising move with recent analyst predictions of the franchise’s fall from grace and the dwindling numbers of preorders compared with the past iterations in the series.
But it really forces us to ask the question: Will you be actually shelling out the extra dough for the Zombies mode?