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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

For a lot of games it's almost unheard of for a AAA title to release without a DLC roadmap. In fact, some might call it corporate blasphemy to have a major $100 million dollar project out in the wild without any sort of post-launch plans or monetization efforts. It's a rarity, like a unicorn. Of course, for every other major project that releases there are lots of content packs and expansions planned long after the release of the game, which is exactly what Activision and Treyarch have setup for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. It was recently announced exactly what sort of post-launch content gamers can expect for the first-person shooter game, and not all of it is paid DLC. In fact, some of the content you can expect to receive will actually be free.

Over on the PlayStation Blog it was revealed by Activision's editorial manager, Kevin Kelly, that post-launch content for Black Ops 4 will release first on the PlayStation 4 and that some of the new content will be free.

Gamers will get their first taste of content with the return of the Nuketown map starting in November, following the release of Black Ops 4 on October 12th. So, just one month after release the first downloadable map for the game will be made available. And, yes, Nuketown will be free for PlayStation 4 owners first.

According to the list of free content, Nuketown will be depicted with an "all-new take," so don't expect it to be the exact same map that you've played across many of the previous Call of Duty games.

Following the release of Nuketown, the game will receive all new specialist characters starting in December. If we're going by the usual roll-out of content, this likely means that we can expect the Xbox One and PC versions of Black Ops 4 to receive the free Nuketown update starting in December, and then the new specialists will likely be available in January.

Treyarch also has plans on evolving the Blackout mode. According to the description, Blackout will receive "regular map updates" as well as new expansions and modes. Expect Treyarch to put in some time and effort with Black Ops 4's mode much in the same way that Epic Games fosters and evolves the Battle Royale mode in Fortnite.

Last, but not least, are events. The events within the game will be free for everyone to enjoy. This includes seasonal, weekly, and time-limited events that may include certain modes on certain maps. The post doesn't explain exactly what sort of specialty events we can expect from the game, but, given that Activision and Treyarch are intent on fostering the growth of the community long after release, be sure to stay on the lookout for all sorts of crazy content to appear with the seasonal and weekly events.

All of this comes on the heels of a strong beta test that took place for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, where a lot of fans and content creators gave Treyarch tons of positive feedback for doing right by the brand. You can look for the first-person shooter to launch in full next month on the PS4, PC, and Xbox One, starting October 12th.