Activision has confirmed that they will be moving away from loot boxes in favor of both a free and premium battle pass for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Activision confirmed today in a blog post that they will not be implementing loot boxes in the new Call of Duty. Instead, Modern Warfare will feature a battle pass system that will have both a free and a premium pass.
In Modern Warfare, you will earn base weapons and "functional attachments" (we don’t know what that means either), while the in-game store and battle pass will have cosmetic items, that won’t impact gameplay.
The battle pass will not launch with the game on October 25, instead, it will be implemented at a later date. It will launch with the first in-game season and will feature items themed according to the season. If you are having flashbacks to the loot boxes in Black Ops III, that is completely understandable.
"It’s important to us that everyone who is playing Modern Warfare has the chance to work their way through the new game and unlock all the rewards that are waiting for you. We expect to launch this system for Modern Warfare later this year."
It’s nice to hear that there you will first have the chance to unlock everything before you get bombarded with cosmetics.
Considering the reaction to the implementation of loot boxes in Black Ops III, gamers disliking them, and even governments talking about regulating them, it doesn’t really come as a surprise that Modern Warfare is ditching them as a form of monetization.