You know it's serious when a developer and publisher need two separate statements to assure fans that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not rely on loot box monetisation. Instead, it will use the Battle Pass system, Activision revealed.
The news comes from Activision's blog, where they vouched there will be no loot boxes, which is pretty nice to have in writing. All the content that can impact Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's balance, meaning weapons and attachments, can be unlocked simply by playing the game.
This means you get to see what you're earning and buying. "Battle Passes will launch timed to new, post-launch live seasons, so you can unlock cool new Modern Warfare-themed content that matches each season", they wrote.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Battle Pass will feature free and premium streams of content and you earn points CoD Points by playing it. As usual, the in-game and Battle Pass content is purely cosmetic and does not impact the game.
That said, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not get a Battle Pass at launch, which is what they did with Black Ops 4. Activision insists that the reason for this is to make the day one experience as great as possible and that it will arrive by the end of the year.
Activision highlighted the following features for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare:
- Introducing crossplay to unite the community across platforms for the first time.
- Removing Season Pass and a la carte DLC multiplayer map packs to ensure everyone can play together.
- Delivering free post-launch multiplayer maps and modes for all players.
- Releasing post-launch multiplayer maps and modes simultaneously on all platforms.
Funnily enough, this is the same information that Infinity Ward's team posted but Call of Duty fans aren't exactly the most trusting. The fact that Activision pulled quite a few sneaky moves and delayed monetisation until after Black Ops 4's review period has passed definitely didn't help.