Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not implement a loot box system and will instead be monetised through a battle pass (via Kotaku).
Activision is quite cheesed off with the speculation that supply drops may be returning to the ‘soft reboot’ of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Previous games like Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had used questionable microtransaction practices in the past that locked high-tier weapons within supply drops. Those lucky enough to score a powerful item from the randomised system then possessed a gameplay advantage over other players.
On the Modern Warfare subreddit, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare studio art director Joel Emslie said that Infinity Ward is ‘definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system.’ Frustrated by the ‘incorrect info’ swirling, Emslie announced that the developer and publisher would be officially addressing how the game will be monetised this week.
In the blog post by Activision, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be supported by a battle pass similar to Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Rocket League. The battle pass will transparently show all the content it will offer and will be timed exclusives for each live season of Modern Warfare. ‘The Battle Pass and the In-Game Store will feature a variety of cosmetic content that does not impact game balance,’ Activision maintained.
Post-launch updates bringing new multiplayer maps and modes will be free, and just like Emslie said, ‘all functional content that has an impact on game balance, such as base weapons and attachments, can be unlocked simply by playing the game.’
However, the battle pass will not be included when the game launches next week. Activision justified that it is focusing on delivering a memorable and exciting day one experience, and that Modern Warfare players have the opportunity to ‘work their way through the new game and unlock all the rewards that are waiting’ for them. Instead, the battle pass will come to the game before the end of the year.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on October 25.
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