Microsoft Set to Unveil Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 with Major Game Pass Changes

Microsoft is gearing up to reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 for an October release during its June Xbox showcase, marking the first time the franchise will debut on Game Pass from day one

by Sededin Dedovic
Microsoft Set to Unveil Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 with Major Game Pass Changes
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We expect Microsoft to officially reveal Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 for an October launch during its Xbox showcase event in June. This will be the first Call of Duty title to receive a first-day release on the Game Pass service, which has evidently concerned Microsoft executives.

As a result, it appears that a restructuring of the current Game Pass tiers is being planned. According to industry insiders "Shinobi602" and "eXtas1stv", there will be changes to the Xbox Game Pass service tiers due to the upcoming addition of Call of Duty.

It seems that having a major COD title each year adds enough value for Microsoft to finally consider increasing the price of Game Pass. Since the service's launch, Game Pass subscription prices have remained fairly stable.

Game Pass Ultimate costs $16.99 per month, while the standard Xbox Game Pass or PC Game Pass subscription costs $10 per month. Now that Xbox needs to start recouping the money invested in acquiring Activision Blizzard and franchises like Call of Duty, we can expect new tiers for first-day games or a general increase in the price of current tiers.

Microsoft will announce its plans for Call of Duty 2024 at the Xbox Games Showcase in June. It is unclear whether the new Game Pass structure or pricing scheme will be announced at the same time or closer to the launch of the new Call of Duty title, around September.

For some time, leaks have indicated that the next Call of Duty game will be a return to Black Ops, with Treyarch leading development. The game is expected to be officially revealed at the Xbox Games Showcase in June, but the release date has been disclosed in advance.

According to sources who spoke with The Verge, a site known for its connections with Microsoft employees, Call of Duty is targeting a late October launch this year, instead of early to mid-November. According to Insider Gaming, the release date will more specifically be October 25th.

This year's Call of Duty will be the first released after Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. We have already seen the impact that Activision's revenue has had on the overall Xbox business. Microsoft will be relying on this year's Call of Duty as a major driver of Game Pass subscriptions, as it will be the first new game in the series to launch on the service from day one.

Microsoft is holding the Xbox Games Showcase on June 9th, with the main event full of game announcements immediately followed by a deep-dive stream for a yet-to-be-announced game. It is believed that this game will be Call of Duty: Black Ops 6.

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