Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War next-gen upgrade is not free

By Luke Albigés,
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has just popped up on the Microsoft Store in three varieties: a Standard Edition, an Ultimate Edition, and, most interestingly, a Cross-Gen Bundle edition.

Looking at the prices, the Cross-Gen Bundle will set you back $10/£5/€5 more than the Standard Edition of the game, and since the two editions appear to be otherwise identical, that right there is the cost of getting your upgrade to the Xbox Series X version of the new Call of Duty when both are available. The description of the Standard Edition even clarifies that it "plays via backward compatability on Xbox Series X," while the Cross-Gen Edition blurb specifies that it includes an actual Series X copy upon release.

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The Ultimate Edition also gets the next-gen upgrade, along with a bunch of cosmetics, weapon blueprints, and the first Battle Pass and a load of Tier Skips. You'd hope it would come with a Series X upgrade when it costs this kind of money, though.

It's unclear how — or even if — Activision will allow Xbox One players who get the basic version of the game to upgrade at a later date, but it's hard to imagine that the cost would be this low if and when an separate upgrade opportunity was made available down the line. With all this chatter of next-gen games possibly being more expensive, picking one up for ten bucks is a steal, although it doesn't look quite so generous when others (such as Cyberpunk developer CD Projekt Red) are offering such upgrades for free.

What's your take on the issue? Should these upgrades be free, or is it fair to expect to pay a premium for a superior product? And will it affect which games you do and don't buy going into the next generation? We're keen to find out, so let us know below!
Luke Albigés
Written by Luke Albigés
Hey, I'm Luke! I've been playing games since way back in the 8-bit days, and have spent the last 15+ years writing and talking about them professionally for anyone and everyone who would let me. Monster Hunter fanatic, wearer of many fine hats, and always up for a raid.