Call of Duty: Black Ops III has become the latest big gaming title to offer in-game upgrades for cash. It follows the announcement that fellow Activision title Destiny has introduced a similar update. Black Ops III will start allowing players to get hold of the Call of Duty points from the game's online store immediately. The points can then be used to buy the title's in-game currency, Cryptokey on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Cryptokey can be used to buy supply drops - which offer a range of random items, including in-game gear. Before the update, players could only earn Crptokeys in Black Ops III by ranking up and playing the game. They can be purchased in bundles ranging from £1.60 for 200 points all the way up to £31.99 for 4,000.
All players receive 200 CP for free by logging in to the game. The announcement of the game's official website said: "For fans that want to secure additional Supply Drops in multiplayer or Vials of Liquid Divinium in zombies, we're introducing Call of Duty Points - a new optional virtual currency for players on PS4, Xbox One and PC. "Fans can now purchase Call of Duty Points and use them to acquire Rare Supply Drops in Black Ops III. For zombies fans, Call of Duty Points can also be used to purchase Vials of Liquid Divinium otherwise earned by playing Shadows of Evil or The Giant Bonus Map, which can be used to create Gobblegums in Dr. Monty's Factory and aid in the fight against the undead hordes." Last month, Activision claimed Black Ops III was the biggest entertainment launch of the year. During its opening weekend the game brought in more than $550m (£362m) in worldwide sales.