Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Will Have Free Maps, No Loot Boxes

Activision is changing the way it does Call of Duty DLC with Modern Warfare. In a blog post today, it detailed the game-changing overhaul that upcoming shooter Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has undergone to make the game and its economy more equitable and fair.

New maps and game modes introduced after the launch of Modern Warfare will be free for all players, Activision said, and go live simultaneously on all platforms. That way, content that significantly impacts the game isn’t totally reserved for the players who shell out lots of extra money, and Xbox owners won’t have to wait for timed exclusives to be up. The game will also feature cross-play between platforms.

There will be no loot boxes in Modern Warfare, Activision said. Instead, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have a battle pass system, much like those of Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rocket League, etc.

Players can unlock weapons, attachments and other content that can affect game balance as part of either a free or premium content stream — and that’s all just through playing. As the post says, the streams “will feature a variety of cosmetic content that does not impact game balance.”

“The new Battle Pass system will allow players to see the content that they are earning or buying,” Activision wrote. “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.”

Call of Duty’s microtransactions in Black Ops 4 were pretty unpopular. Expensive skins or emblems received big discounts shortly after lots of players purchased them; a reticle — yes, a red dot — was being sold for $1, which isn’t a lot, but still felt money-grabby to regular players.

Its pricey and inconsistent loot box system irked people, too. In fact, developers told Kotaku that they weren’t fans of the microtransaction system, either, in our investigation of Black Ops 4’s development.

Unfortunately — maybe even predictably — the battle pass system won’t launch on October 25 alongside Modern Warfare. Activision said that’s so players have “the chance to work their way through the new game and unlock all the rewards that are waiting for you.” It will go live “later this year.” 


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    I am like 99% certain that they will go back on this within 9 months because loot boxes were great for whales and battle passes aren't loved in pay to play titles.

      It's Activi$ion. It'll happen a month after release.

    Given what they did too black ops 4 I just don't believe this.

      Yup. No one believe this shit for a minute.

    Welcome to 2007 when this was the case with COD4.

    Awesome, now all the broken overpowered weapon variants will be available to the pay pass players

    New maps and game modes introduced after the launch of Modern Warfare will be free for all players, Activision said, and go live simultaneously on all platforms. That way, content that significantly impacts the game isn’t totally reserved for the players who shell out lots of extra money, and Xbox owners won’t have to wait for timed exclusives to be up.

    Except the game will release with an exclusive spec ops mode on PS4! Kinda hypocritical there Activision! I also like the use of the word 'totally', so there isn't clear admission this will be the case.

    There will be no loot boxes in Modern Warfare, Activision said. Instead, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have a battle pass system, much like those of Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rocket League, etc.

    Except they said this for previous titles and yet we still got them a few months past release and reviews had settled.

    They've proven themselves to bait and switch their customers before, so how do they expect us to believe them now!? Particularly when the developer has said they have no control over the financial decisions imposed on gameplay by their corporate money sluts?

    I'm torn now. I haven't really played a COD since the original MW and MW2, but I played the beta of this and loved it so was planning on buying it. But now reading about how the last one got microtransactioned, I'm starting to have second thoughts about getting this one.

    Pretty sure they said the exact same thing when Blops 4 released.

    I’ve read that blog post and it is very carefully worded to leave the possibility of loot boxes post launch? Same with pay to win. All they say is you can play to unlock, not that you won’t be able to pay to unlock.

    Why aren’t any media outlets putting Activision on the spot and asking them to guarantee no loot boxes? Seems like the perfect opportunity for a good ongoing story. Hint hint.

      and yes this article and company dropped the ball with asking them the very question you put forward about a guarantee that there will be no loot boxes and pay to win features.have a great day

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