UPDATE: Well that was quick, Activision have updated the FAQ to say that you will be able to buy the Season Pass.
6. Can I buy Black Ops Pass as a standalone product?
Black Ops Pass will be available as a standalone offering at a later date.
The original story follows.
A new FAQ on the Activision Support website has revealed that the DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII will not be on sale in separate packs as it has been in the past, the only way to get the DLC is to purchase the Season Pass.
Q: Will I be able to buy parts of Black Ops Pass content individually, like DLC Map Packs from previous Call of Duty games?
A: No. The contents included in Black Ops Pass may only be purchased as a bundle.
This does mean that Activision does not fragment the player base and everyone has access to all the released content, but it’s certainly a punch in the wallet for those buying the game on day one. However, the bigger news is you can’t buy the standard edition of the game and then buy the Season Pass separately.
Q: Can I buy Black Ops Pass as a standalone product?
A: Currently, no. The only way to get Black Ops Pass is through the Digital Deluxe, Digital Deluxe Enhanced, and Pro Editions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
What if you’ve already pre-ordered the base game in digital formats?
Q: I’ve already pre-ordered the physical base version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. How can I upgrade to get the Black Ops Pass content?
A: If you pre-ordered the physical base version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, return to your retailer to upgrade your pre-order to an edition that includes Black Ops Pass.
But what if you were given the bog standard physical version of the game as a gift at Christmas, surely you can buy the pass then? Well the FAQ is a little unclear.
Q:If I decide I want Black Ops Pass after Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is released, how do I upgrade my version of the game?
A: PlayStation 4 North America: If you own a copy of the game, you can upgrade your version to the Digital Deluxe or Digital Deluxe Enhanced edition through the PSN Store to receive the Black Ops Pass.
PlayStation 4 Europe and Xbox One: If you own a copy of the game, you can purchase a separate upgrade to your base version through the PSN Store or Xbox Store to receive the Black Ops Pass.
PC: If you own a copy of the game, you can upgrade your version to the Digital Deluxe or Digital Deluxe Enhanced edition through Battle.net to receive the Black Ops Pass.
So that seems to indicate if you have a physical copy of the base game you can “purchase a separate upgrade” – or Season Pass as it’s known everywhere else – to upgrade to the Black Ops Pass, at least if your on Xbox One or PS4 in Europe. In America it seems you get a full digital version of the game as well.
We have contacted Activision to see if they can clarify how this will work for those who buy the physical version of the base game.