Call of Duty: Black Ops 3's multiplayer mode can now be bought separately on Steam for £11.59.
The Black Ops 3 'Multiplayer Starter Pack' offers access to the game's multiplayer mode, including the full collection of maps and public ranked multiplayer matches, but with a handful of restrictions, including the inability to Prestige or play in custom games.
You won't be able to access the Campaign, Zombies or Nightmares modes, either, so if you want to play those you'll need to upgrade to the full game. Players who pick up the Starter Pack can upgrade to the full game at any time and receive the price they paid deducted off the cost.
The Starter Pack will only be on sale until February 29, but players who buy it before then can continue playing for as long as they want. You'll also be able to continue earning Cryptokeys after reaching max rank, letting you unlock Supply Drops to earn new content. And of course, Starter Pack players will also be able to purchase COD Points via microtransactions to unlock more Cryptokeys.
All progress can be carried over to the full game should you decide to upgrade, too, although it isn't yet clear whether access to the game's upcoming DLC packs will be offered to Starter Pack owners. For the full list of confirmed restrictions, take a look below:
Features NOT included in the Call of Duty: Black Ops III Multiplayer Starter Pack:
- Zombies game mode
- Campaign game mode
- Ability to play in Multiplayer custom games
- Ability to Prestige (your level will be capped at 55 in the Starter Pack)
- Access to mod tools or modded content (once released)
- Access to unranked server browser (once released)
- Ability to Fresh Start your profile
- The ability to access Dead Ops Arcade II and Nightmares mode
Activision has yet to confirm whether it plans to release the Multiplayer Starter Pack on console.