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Which edition of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 should you buy?

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The Black Ops Pass complicates things

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is finally, officially here and it’s packed with new features, including a battle royale mode and a new Zombies storyline. If you haven’t picked up the latest in the massive Call of Duty franchise, figuring out which edition to buy is the first step.

Just about every AAA game launches with multiple editions packing on more than just the basic game. Figuring out which one to buy can be a frustrating and confusing experience. Most of it comes down to personal preference and gaming style — you probably already know if you want a physical or digital copy — but the addition of exclusive skins, season passes and bonus currency makes it trickier. A $60 (or more) game is an investment, and it’s hard to figure out how to get the most bang for your buck.

Granted, the stakes are a little lower with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 editions. Unlike Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, there isn’t any exclusive in-game content (other than pre-orderers, who got access to the private beta) and you can upgrade by paying the price difference at any time before the Black Ops Pass releases.

For most players I’d recommend the Digital Deluxe Edition, unless you’re positive you’re not interested in playing the post-launch DLC that will exclusively be available via the Black Ops Pass. A breakdown of what’s included in each edition is below.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Standard Edition

The Standard Edition, physical or digital, is just the base game, which includes the Blackout Battle Royale experience and three new Zombies maps for $59.99.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 base game

Get it here: Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop | Walmart

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Edition

Activision changed up its DLC distribution strategy with Black Ops 4: Post-launch content will not be available a la carte. The only option is to buy the season pass, called the Black Ops Pass, in order to play any of the extra missions released over the next year. Activision hasn’t released pricing on the Black Ops Pass, but previous Call of Duty season passes went for $49.99. With the Deluxe Edition at $99.99, there’s a possibility that you’ll save around $10, plus there’s $20 worth of Call of Duty Points (in-game currency) to play with.

As the name suggests, this version is only available digitally.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 base game
  • Black Ops Pass which includes:
  • Digital Bonus Items
  • 2,400 Call of Duty Points

Get it here: Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop | Walmart

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition

The Digital Deluxe Enhanced Edition includes everything the Digital Deluxe edition does, with more “bonus items” and about $80 worth of Call of Duty Points. It retails for $129.99.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 game
  • Black Ops Pass
  • Digital Bonus Items
  • 8,500 Call of Duty Points

Get it here: Amazon | Best Buy | GameStop

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Collector’s Edition

Also known as the Mystery Box Edition, this $200 bundle comes with a bunch of collectible swag, including a replica of the in-game Zombie mystery box with “frightening sounds and lighting”. If you’re a Call of Duty superfan willing to drop $200 for all this loot, more power to you.

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 base game
  • Black Ops Pass
  • Zombies Mystery Box
  • Zombies Heroes Figpins
  • 10th anniversary Zombies puzzle
  • Dark Horse Zombies Comic #1
  • Zombies lithographs
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 pop socket
  • Collectible steelbook
  • Limited edition specialist icon patches

Get it here: Amazon | Best Buy | Walmart