Contracts officially go live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on June 14th, 2016 and are perhaps one of the most exciting additions to the game yet. This is a brand new system that allows players to complete various daily, weekly, and special challenges to score heaps of bonus cryptokeys that can be used in the Black Market.
Black Ops 3 Contracts
The idea behind contracts isn’t all that unique. Many games in other genres, including MMOs and shooters, have a similar reward system. It’s actually surprising that it has taken Call of Duty this long to catch on to it. It’s generally a great way to keep players interested and playing your game, especially when there’s rare loot up for grabs.
The Black Ops 3 contracts system will have daily, weekly, and special challenges available for players to complete. We discuss this new system in more detail below.
From what we can tell it seems that dailies will be smaller, simpler tasks such as getting relatively small numbers of headshots, double kills, etc. It has been confirmed that daily contracts will rotate on a 24 hour cycle.
Each new contract will be made available at 10am PST (1pm EST). Upon completion players will be rewarded with Cryptokeys. The exact amount remains to be seen, but the teaser trailer Activision released discussing contracts (shown below) shows a player earning 10 keys for completing a single contract.
The weekly contract will likely be a bit more challenging or, at the very least, require more time. Considering the fact that Call of Duty often panders to the casual player, it’s probably safe to assume that this will just require a higher number of a typical activity (i.e. getting 100 headshots, 50 kills with a specialist, or something similar).
Weekly contracts, as the name implies, will rotate on a 7 day cycle. The time-frame is Monday to Monday beginning at 10am PST. The contract actually requires players to complete 2 different challenges to finish it and earn the reward.
The reward for finishing a weekly will be some Cryptokeys and a special Mercenary Contract that, upon activation, gives the gamer a chance to play as Blackjack, the new specialist based on the Black Market vendor that can copy other specialist’s weapons upon killing them (Rogue) or get random abilities (Gambler).
All in all, this will be a great way to earn a lot more Cryptokeys which means you’ll have more chances of scoring epic loot items including new weapons, specialist gear, and more. This is something the Black Ops 3 community has been asking for for a long, long time – mostly because the rate at which you earned Cryptokeys was super slow and the drop rates of epic weapons was ridiculously low.
Now players will have the opportunity to earn Cryptokeys for completing matches, for opening rare supply drops, AND for completing issued contracts. This should make it a lot easier to rack up keys and open more drops, especially for the more casual players that don’t play for hours every day.