Colour me surprised on this tidbit coming out of Activision today. In a blog post, the publisher revealed that the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare would be the first game to not only include free downloadable content but ensure that there won’t be any loot boxes.
The bread and butter of multiplayer games like Call of Duty are usually the maps offered post-launch. By removing the Season Pass and a la carte multiplayer maps, everyone is able to now play together. Which I believe ties into the ability to crossplay across all platforms. Post-launch maps and modes come simultaneously to all platforms, leaving no console behind.
We’ve had them around for a while now, and I remember how intrusive they felt with World War II and Black Ops IIII. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t be seeing a new Battle Pass system included, which Activision states are all functional content that has an impact on game balance and all content can be unlocked by simply playing the game. Also, the Battle Pass system allows players to see what they are buying and earning, which includes new content based on the season, as well as be able to earn COD points by playing. There will be both a Free Stream and a Premium Stream of content in the Battle Pass System in Modern Warfare.
The Battle Pass System for Modern Warfare will not launch when the game releases on October 25 and that is because of the developers wanting to ensure the Day One experience is the best it can be.