Activision Blizzard will apparently board the cross-play as well as cross-progression train as players are reporting seeing fractions of such systems in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare open beta.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare beta has kicked off on all platforms and the game seems to be running really smooth, just like the system requirements hinted. The good news didn't stop there though as players caught glimpses of a cross-progression system on top of the already announced cross-play features.
Players can opt in to play with others, regardless of whether they are on PC, PS4 or Xbox One but the more interesting detail surfaced when some of them linked their Battle.net, PSN and Xbox Live accounts to one Call of Duty account. This yielded somewhat unexpected results as players like started reporting CoD:MW progress across all three accounts, regardless of whether they played on them or not.
In case you are not familiar with the terminology, this is exactly what cross-progression is. Players can keep unlocking in-game items, progress through ranks and be present across all the supported platforms without having to do it all over again in case they switch from PC to consoles, from Xbox One to PS4, from PS4 to PC or any other way.
This is a huge deal for those who are enthusiastic about playing certain titles on two or even all three platforms but it will generally not be noteworthy to players who are committed to just one. On the other hand, they may want to try their luck with players from different platforms in matchmaking, which will most likely be based on the input method.
Such a system should allow Activision to have one unified player base without worrying too much about players in less populated regions that would otherwise have issues finding a match in a mode they liked.