With the release of the Descent DLC Pack 3 for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on PC this past week, Activision appears to have changed the way they are releasing DLC content for PC players.

As of now, PC players can no longer buy Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC Packs individually. In order to get access to Descent DLC Pack 3, players must buy the entire Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass. Even more, DLC Pack 1 Awakening and DLC Pack 2 Eclipse have been removed from the Steam Store and the only way to obtain those — if you do not already have it — is by purchasing the Season Pass.

Activision Support confirmed this change in the Descent DLC Pack Support article on support.activision.com. The article, at the very bottom, reveals that individual DLC packs “can no longer be purchased separately on PC.” If players already purchased DLC 1 and/or DLC 2, the Season Pass will be available at a discounted price but the discount has not been revealed by Activision. The price will probably match the discount offered on consoles with the Complete Your Season Pass offer.

Individual DLC map packs can no longer be purchased separately on PC. You must purchase Season Pass in order to obtain DLC map packs. If you have previously purchased DLC 1 and/or DLC 2 separately, you will have the option to purchase Season Pass at a discounted rate. This discount is redeemable via Steam coupon and will only be visible while you are logged into your Steam account and have added the Season Pass to your cart.

Treyarch’s PC Dev has stated on Twitter that he is looking into the change and clarified that he has no control over how content is distributed, as that is all in Activision’s hands. He also said that he is actively looking into a possible solution with Activision.

It is unclear exactly why Activision decided to make this change, as console players can still buy DLC Packs separately.

We will update this post as we get new information.

SOURCE: Activision Support and @PCDev

  • lol gotta make people buy that crap season pass somehow

    • BradyAlucard

      The concept of the Season Pass (which should be half price) is “crap”, but not the content itself. Well, 90% of them.

      • Content itself hasnt been so hot either DLC 1 was utter crap besides the Hijacked remake and Iron Dragon zombie map. DLC2 had a crap zombie map with only like two decent MP maps. DLC3 is the only one I actually like.

        DLC4 probably won’t be any better if it’s all MP and just one zombie map.

        • BradyAlucard

          I loved Zetsubou, and found DLC 1 to be okay. I’d rather play BO3 DLC maps than Ghosts and AW’s! Crossing my fingers that either DLC 4 or 5 is Rezurrection 2.0.

          • I agree it’s better than Ghosts and AW. I think both of those games have the worst maps in history of Call of Duty. Especially AW, each map felt the same because of the crap movement system.

            I’m really hoping DLC4 is an all zombies pack or at least includes more than one zombie map. It would be a good way to end the black ops series

          • BradyAlucard

            If not, then there should be a stealthy fifth DLC release where that’s the case, and IDK if this should be the last Black Ops game; although it wouldn’t make sense to have 2 future games and have another set in the past, so I guess this IS the last Black Ops game… huh.

          • I mean if Treyarch really wanted to they could make a “pre sequel” type of thing even though it probably wouldn’t be called Black Ops. I think Treyarch should expand further in the 1980s with Mason and Woods. A game set in the 1980s would be nice.

          • Dr. Edward Richtofen

            Zetsubou is trash

          • BradyAlucard

            I completely disagree. It’s better than any Extinction or Exo-Zombies map. Then again, I don’t do the easter eggs…

          • Dr. Edward Richtofen

            It has no replayability

          • BradyAlucard

            All Zombies have replayability in some form.

          • Dr. Edward Richtofen

            Not zetsubo nothing I like tranzit better because it doesn’t have thrashers skulls that your team takes and never finish everyone I meet on zetsubo doesn’t even know what to do

          • BradyAlucard

            Then don’t play public matches and play with friends? I know what to expect when I play online…

          • Dr. Edward Richtofen

            The map is just a pain in the ass

          • BradyAlucard

            Not really

    • Shawn Gee

      Bitch and complain is all you do, hou whiney lil’ bitch. If the game is so flawed, why the fuck do you play it AND spend so much time commenting on blogs and uploading videos about it? (your videos are ass juice, by the way).

      • BradyAlucard

        “If the game is so flawed, why the fuck do you play it”

        Here’s a thought… Maybe he paid $110 for said flawed experience and he can’t get all of that money back no matter what he does, and he can complain however and whenever he wants without your unwanted authority?! GASP!!

        “AND spend so much time commenting on blogs and uploading videos about it? (your videos are ass juice, by the way)”

        Vlogs*. If you’re going to insult someone, make sure you get your terms right, and that’s subjective, anyway. Applying your logic here, if you don’t like what he has to say and act even more ‘negative’ without anything constructive to say, then why are you replying to him, hypocrite? Run along, scamp.

        • That Shawn Gee guy likes to ride my dick. He literally follows me article to article complaining about me then, and he goes and dislikes every video I upload lol. It’s pretty funny

          • BradyAlucard

            Now that’s dedication.

      • My videos aren’t even opinionated you idiot LOL

    • ScOott

      Yh it sucks ass, some of us don’t have 6 jobs, so we cant afford it…

      • not only do I have six jobs, I ALSO DON’T GET TIRED

  • Kevin Deng

    They should just allow Season Pass holders to get the map pack a week before it’s released individually.

  • Aidan


  • Joshwoocool

    Lucky for me I already brought the season pass.I feel bad for people who brought separately.They gave two discounts on the season pass but failed to say you can only use one discount on the item.

  • jordanxbrookes

    That is disgusting. I don’t play Black Ops 3 on PC, but seriously Activision? The PC community on CoD is already close to being buried 6-feet under, now you expect them to buy the (overpriced with little content) Season Pass in order to get the full post-launch experience? Absolutely disgusting.

    • RdJokr

      I hate to defend Activision, but: the community is already too fractured as it is. Giving the option to buy DLC packs separately would mean more oddball DLC combos. Now you can’t tell me console players haven’t been complaining about that. Surely you’ll see why some action has to be taken.

      Granted, best option would’ve been free maps for all, but then, how do you compensate for those who spent >$100 on this game? Plus, in what world would Activision be that generous?

      • The Flash

        I remember the world in 2009 where DLC was free on WaW for PC and bundled in updates, PC players just had to wait longer for it.

      • jordanxbrookes

        I agree that everyone buying the Season Pass on PC would make it easier to find lobbies, but we all know that’s not Activision’s actual intention here.

        • SoulTaker

          In the end I gotta agree with what was done here. I just wish there was an easier way for the zombie players to actually get the maps they wanted if their pure zombie players.

        • RdJokr

          Let’s all agree on one thing: Activision is evil. However, PCDev has been putting in suggestions to help the PC community out. This could’ve been one of those. Obviously, Activision isn’t gonna back down and say “fuck it, we’ll give this shit out for free”, because unlike EA, they gains the most from their contract with Sony, while EA can still promote all the platforms they release their games in. Which is why games like Battlefield and Titanfall receive huge promotion on PC (well, at least BF anyway; TF kinda died off after a while, just like COD).

          Frankly, this recent event only raises the question of whether Infinite Warfare and future COD games on PC will follow the same format. Personally, I am going to buy the deluxe edition either way, but others might not feel the same, even though this does benefit matchmaking a lot more. What I think Activision should do is reduce the season pass price, and offer more incentives + more sales. They need to look at how they offer their digital content, because they suck at this part.

  • Filthy Prank’d

    I’m guessing the reason why they did this is because of greed, and also since there aren’t as much PC players as the consoles so matches won’t be difficult to find.

  • Johnny

    They’re compensating for the upcoming loss in Infinite Warfare. You have to get money somehow.

  • Element115Will

    Wow Activi$sion or not (i bet 100% it is them) are some greedy sacks of shit. Way to give the PC players the middle finger. Pos company.

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  • Pirates

    Dumb really freaking dumb

  • Wow, what’s next? You got to buy the season pass to get the dlc on infinite warfare? Honestly wouldn’t surprise me. Disgusting

  • GinsuVictim

    Well, I guess they CAN get even more fucked up and evil. ActiVision….go fuck yourself.

  • Code Elite

    Buying the dlc packs separately would make them more money, you think they wouldn’t do this as money hungry as they are.

  • Kyle Emery

    Ohh. No! Best get a Console Pc Players lol

  • I can’t believe I am going to say this but I think this might be a good thing and Activision is trying to help the PC players from an unhappy purchase. When I get on at night DLC is not playable – there is never anyone in it. The only time there are players in DLC that I see is right after launch for a week or two.

    My guess is they have been getting a lot of complaints with people purchasing it and not being able to play it – but they don’t want to take DLC away from PC completely so they leave the Season Pass option open to give people purchasing DLC the best possible chance of getting into a DLC game. Just my opinion.

    • Astraxis

      Unless, you know, we genuinely don’t enjoy certain DLC’s but we’re forced to purchase them anyway for a higher price to get the ones we want. Makes perfect sense.



  • ccrows

    I’m in the minority here, but I honestly think this is a smart move for everybody.

    If you are gonna get the DLC, it’s best to either have ALL of it or NONE of it. Otherwise you are gonna be in matchmaking hell. (& that goes for consoles too)

    The only real issue that I see here is zombies. OK, so you offer zombie maps to be purchased separately if you don’t play MP.

    I mean I get that people look at this as greed, but I see the flip side (in this one particular case) that Activision is tired of people complaining that people can’t find games when they have a random DLC pack installed… *shrugs*

    • Astraxis

      Better cough up $50 when I only want Gorod Krovi.

      • ccrows

        ^ Did you read my entire post? I specifically said:

        “The only real issue that I see here is zombies. OK, so you offer zombie maps to be purchased separately for those that don’t play MP.”

        C’Mon man… 🙁

    • BradyAlucard

      So… cough up more dough upfront?

      • RdJokr

        When you put it that way, yeah it sounds bad. But what else can we get? No way will Activision say yes to free maps. And a price reduction in general isn’t going to improve the situation that much, because there’s still the problem of odd DLC combos. An all-or-nothing solution is, frankly, the best solution I could see.

        • BradyAlucard

          Well, I’m just talking about myself here, since I buy the DLC in $20 increments because I find it to be subjectively cheaper in the long wrong rather than paying $50 upfront. This “discount” better be good, don’t want you PC guys getting the back-end experience just because your guys’ servers aren’t as populated, you all have my utmost support, whatever irrelevance that entails!

          • RdJokr

            True, there’s the financial issue, which is why I think the season pass should be less pricey on PC.

            As for the discount, I believe separate owners of Awakening and Eclipse were offered a 30% discount coupon per pack. Sad thing is, you can only use one coupon for your purchase of the season pass.

          • ccrows

            If you play MP, (taking zombies out of the equation) it’s a mess to find games without all DLC packs installed.

            You are much better off not buying any DLC, then buying a single pack here and there…

      • ccrows

        In a perfect world, we get the DLC for free, but that’s not gonna happen.

        From a MP perspective, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve tried helping people in the past complain that they can’t find games on other message boards.

        Usually it’s because they bought a single DLC pack, and they are stuck in an extremely fragmented pool of people. I mean that issue has gone back to WAW.

        Zombie players still would need to have maps sold separately, but “overall” I look at this as a move to protect MP players, cuz many don’t want to hear, “Just delete your DLC to find games”…

        • The Flash

          WaW DLC was free and bundled in updates.

          • ccrows

            That is 100% true for PC.

            My comment was more of people being on consoles in WAW, and mess of missing a map pack in MP, since the days of WAW…

          • RdJokr

            Because of a sponsorship deal with NVIDIA. But we ain’t that special anymore, so it doesn’t happen anymore.

          • The Flash

            i thought it was because they had no way to charge players for it.

    • RdJokr

      Exactly. PC matchmaking for BO3 is tweaked, so it can find non-DLC lobbies as well, so at least we have that going for us. But then it still doesn’t resolve the issue of getting too little DLC matches. Odd DLC combos only worsen the issue.

      So, from my viewpoint (which I’m sure is how Activision and Treyarch see it as well), if you want to minimize the fracturization of the player base, while still be able to charge them for map packs (which I don’t necessarily agree with), then the entire DLC package should just be offered as one big pack, and not little pieces like the old days. That way, it’s either all or nothing. Free for all is best, but Activision is not that generous. They’re not ready to go the Titanfall 2 route just yet.

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      I’m not buying anything ahead of time if i don’t know wtf it is. Out of all the zombie’s maps, which is 4 I only like 2. I i want to buy only 2 DLC that’s my right.
      I’m not gonna be forced to buy shit DLC, and not knowing what is, and having to buy it blindly not kn owing is even worse than not being able to buy it at all. ccrows, I just see you as part of the problem, and NOT the solution.

  • Stephen G. Perez

    Wow Treyarch and Infinity Ward and sledgehammer work their fucking asses off for these games and Activision just fucks up everything

    • ccrows

      Devs know what they are getting themselves into ahead of time when they sign on with large companies that make the rules.

      Nobody is forcing them to stay, which is why Respawn is a thing…

      • BradyAlucard

        Yeah, West and Zampella wanted to be more independent, and also demanded more pay for missed hours that were promised. And then they came to EA… who’s probably worse lol.

  • BradyAlucard

    Just pathetic.

  • Wait, people are actually shocked?

  • FoxyTheDankPirate

    Maybe they did this like waw that you need all map packs to use custom mods regering the dlc if you like got the first dlc you can only use stuff from der eisendrache and the mp maps smart move Actually so that none of the pc players get left out if some newer custom maps are coming with maybe dlc 4 content

    • RdJokr

      Mod tools assets are not linked to DLC assets in any way.

      • FoxyTheDankPirate

        Not entirely true i remember On waw you had to download the updates
        (if you had a cd)which had the maps and then you could use those assets or else if you didn’t had them you could not play them

        • RdJokr

          WaW was different, because all DLC packs were made free for PC players, thanks to NVIDIA’s sponsorship.

          • FoxyTheDankPirate

            Yeah But i was not one about the free maps i was more about the support of the maps which made certain custom maps work if you get what i say (:

  • Keyboard Warrior 033

    Guess What? They gonna require you to have at least one dlc to get the modding tools or something scummy like that.

  • Ruski Drinks Brewski

    Now this is showing that I’m never playing cod on PC, oh well, BF 1 it is

  • Nerv

    makes sense fragmented matchmaking plus low player pools on pc for dlc. about 240k owned dlc 1 but most of those owners were digital deluxe consumers that stopped playing. this also prevents people from viewing player totals using steamdb/steam spy for the dlc now. which was ~400 people of the ~12k still playing BO3 on pc.

  • Diego Diniz

    PC Platform is DEAD! Sad but True…
    You spend a LOT of money with PC parts, 144hz Monitors, Graphics Cards, CPU´s, Memory Combos etc etc etc, then you go to the lobbies and guess what: EMPTY!
    When you find people playing is TDM 24/7.

    • steelbeamer35

      i wonder why because anyone with a pc better then a potato console (which costs less then 300 to build to get something much better) would actually play games that are decent and take some form of skill

      • ccrows

        Less than $300 to play BO3? Really?

        That’s obviously not recommended settings…

        • lunator100hd .

          He is lying, you cant build a $300 pc that can play bo3 case closed.

          • xMarvelous

            Nah, I can play with High setting 60 fps all time


        This is not about HOW MANY FPS you can run the Game! is about HAVE FUN!
        I have a [email protected] + 144hz Monitor + GTX 980…this Rig can run BO3 with 100+ FPS, but when I search a DOMINATION lobby is EMPTY! I search for a HARDPOINT lobby and guess what: EMPTY! SO, i turn my PC off and turn my PS4 on and BOOM: Domination, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed 24/7 anytime!

      • BradyAlucard

        You have no idea what you’re talking about, especially calling consoles “potatoes” just because they’re cheaper at $250-300 and are the best option for such a price, and not everyone wants to play cheap Indie games at $20 with “skill” that means nothing other than making gaming more boring for everyone else and completely ruining the concept of “fun”. PC gaming doesn’t have as much value as consoles do because AAA exclusives are a rarity. Elitists overrated and ruined PC gaming for a lot of gamers out there, case closed.

    • Hue.

      I bought pc not only for CoD duh…

    • Wraith

      Why is everyone forgetting “for CoD” in their posts. Barely anyone touches CoD on PC. Final nail in the coffin was how bad Ghosts was optimized at launch. PC gaming is bigger than it’s ever been, same way gaming as a whole is bigger than it’s ever been.

      • Dr. Edward Richtofen

        Ffs it is a cod website

      • BradyAlucard

        PC gaming still has nothing on consoles as far as success goes. Consoles make more money, especially on multiplat sales.

  • Azir,ShurimasOvernerfedEmperor

    im telling ya now in infinite warfare no seperate dlcs only season pass … cod is going dooooooooown by itself lol

  • Ak74u

    That’s why consoles > PC in my opinion. Consoles have a much bigger population than PC, so much for the PC master race lol

    • GinsuVictim

      That has nothing to do with this situation, and they could pull the same shit on us if they wanted.

    • SoulTaker

      Meh consoles have a disgusting FOV number that’s one of the only reasons I left the console scene and and mod tools can’t forget that. <3

      • BradyAlucard

        Console FOV is the default FOV. I think 90-110 FOV looks like fish eye view (FEV lol), but always set it that high just simply because it’s there when I play on PC.

    • Wraith

      A bigger CoD population you mean.

  • Paul

    Why is everyone saying the season pass is over priced? DLC separately is £11.50 or something and the season pass is £35. 11.50 x 4 = £46. Think I’d rather get the season pass and save £11

    • And you get bonuses with season pass.

      • Paul

        Okay this might sound stupid but what bonuses? Are you on about the giant and nuk3town because didn’t they get released to buy or free? I mean yeah when the game came out but doesn’t everyone have them now?

        • Some of them cost if you don’t have season pass, and you got those months before they were out for normal people. IMO it should be like Battlefield. Where they give you monthly gifts and people have premium (Premium is Battlefield’s season pass) get the map pack 2 weeks before it’s for sale for normal people without premium.

      • Oh wow a 10 supply drop bonus. Better start throwing my money

    • What if you just want a certain DLC?

      • Paul

        Then your gonna have a hard time finding lobbies as the game tries to matchmake based on there map content. I get into lobbies instantly on my main account with all the dlc maps. But my second account that only has eclipse takes too long to find a lobby. As of right now you can still get single dlc packs but to experience the full MP you might as well get sp

  • TheDemonOfHate

    About time…

  • Sentinel

    The PC COD players is scarce. They shouldn’t act surprise about this.

    • Smayo

      Nobody should be surprised about this, after all it’s another token of appreciation from the good folks over at activision…

      The devs at IW, SHG and treyarch must be scared shitless every day to open their twitter account I recon…

  • SoulTaker

    As a PC player I gotta say it’s better to have them all or not have any dlc since the community is so small. So I’m somewhat okay with this. I wish they did this from the start though instead of now since it feels like some people got screwed over.

  • I’m sure they make it to push people to buy season pass so it will possible to play on DLC maps on standard rotations.

  • Mr_ysi42t96

    Thomas the tankswag
    Stop acting like a fag
    Hiding in the bag
    Opening 9gag

    Scooot wants you to fuck off
    You make his day rough
    Trying to become tough?
    Go drink Duff

    • ScOott

      Lmao 10 out of 10 the jobs urs

    • BradyAlucard

      I cringed.

      • Mr_ysi42t96

        Is that a good thing or bad thing?

  • Michael Romo

    Lol it’s not like anyone plays BO3 on PC anyways. But it doesn’t matter. Who tf only buys select dlc’s? Really only MP players

    • Axel Latour

      That is where you are completely wrong, I think that the game doesn’t really need more mp maps when you buy it without season pass, but in my case, i only want the zombie map from the salvation pack. Nothing else. The 5 extra mp maps are just bonus to me.

  • Eddie Tupy

    i like this, tbh if you play MP you pretty much either get all or nothing anyway.

    I think they should do separate mp and zombies dlc passes.

  • Drank Bleach

    Wonder how long their meeting was to come up with that decision lol

  • Everyone thinking that this is Activisions way of making money… It kinda is, but it’s not. With custom maps coming to Bo3, people won’t buy the DLC if they can just download the maps from someone else. Say if someone doesn’t want to buy gorod krovi. Someone can make that map with the mod tools then anyone who wants it can get it for free.

    • lunator100hd .

      Im not exprerienced with mod tools but i really doubt they can replicate gorod krovi with the dragon and everything using mod tools.

      • They can make the same map and things that they can’t make they can still find a way to replicate it, like instead of a dragon taking you to pack a punch, it just teleports you there.

  • Michael Romo

    I hate how people are always saying that Activision is “money hungry”. First of all, it’s just business. If they make these DLC packs, it’s just extra to the game. So they have every right to charge us. And I’m sure there’s a reason they decided to do this. Did they do it for console? No. So there has to be a specific reason they had to do this. I’m not on Activision’s “side” or anything. I just know how a business works.

    • Dr. Edward Richtofen

      It’s greedy though

    • BradyAlucard

      “It’s just business” doesn’t excuse anything, let alone greed. Businesses don’t spam worthless digital content on their consumers.There’s a difference between “business” and nickel and diming. An Indie developer could do the same thing as Activision with DLC spamming and forcing a $50 Season Pass on minorities and not get penalized for it. Nonsense like this ruins gaming.

      • Jon

        You are not forced to buy anything. As long as they are making money from the players who are buying these “extra” items then they will continue to do so. Clearly you have no business sense. It is very simple. If you don’t like it, then don’t buy it.

        • BradyAlucard

          You can’t tell me what to do. Again, my argument still stands; “it’s a business” excuses literally nothing other than the display of sheer loyalty to Activision. Does Activision have shares invested into you or something? You’re defending them pretty hard right now.

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  • UGAPhoenix

    To me it really seems that Activision is trying to go the cheaper route for everyone. Look at it this way. The DLC is either $15 or $20 per map pack. If you by the season pass, you are saving yourself either $30 or $10 depending on which price the individual map packs is listed as. I don’t see what the big deal is in my opinion.

    • GinsuVictim

      Not everyone buys all of the DLC. If they were going to buy the season pass, they would’ve anyway. This screws the people who don’t buy them all (like some Zombies players).

  • Alvaro Capilla

    that the Treyarch fuckers though I am PS4 pisses me do these things to the pc

  • AC

    Welcome to last week? This was already mentioned (by me) in the comment section for DLC #3 last week. Way to keep on the news Charlie Intel! ><

  • ⊥Σ✘∀Z |S⊥★ᴚ #Snitch#FukNiga

    LOL the game is DEAD. This is there only way of getting their dead playlist going. You see what DLC’s did to your already dead game?

  • bahahaha jewed out of DLC again! pay up goyim!

    see, this is why I don’t buy CoD until it’s in the bargain bin ($20 or less). even then, I don’t buy DLC for it. last DLC I bought – and was actually worth the bill – was BO1!

  • Joe

    go die activision

  • Joe

    and still it says… Salvation dlc pack required. How about change it to Buy Season Pass you fuckers

  • Μιχαλης

    what bullshit is this? i wont buy season pass, shuch a dick move from activision