All Future Maps In ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’ Will Be Free

Yolanda Curtis
October 18, 2019

Activision has announced the basic details of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's in-game economy, which will centre on seasonal Battle Passes and won't include loot boxes.

Instead of requiring the purchase of an expensive season pass that could be nearly the same price as the full game, the publisher will introduce a Battle Pass. The new Battle Pass system will allow players to see the content that they are earning or buying.

Infinity Wart art director Joel Emslie said earlier this week that the studio is not working on a supply drop or loot box system so the announcement isn't entirely surprising, but even so it's nice to have it confirmed, in writing, by Activision.

"We've set our sights on not only creating the best game possible this year, but also on breaking down walls and bringing the community together", Infinity Ward writes in a blog post. So if you want to pay out extra on the game for cosmetic items, you'll pay the single price of that season's battle pass and then unlock cosmetics through its progression system. Any "functional content" like base weapons and attachments, will be available to unlock through playing the game. "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".

Activision has been investing heavily into new engagement models and cross-play is the biggest one.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will release next week on October 25, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. You'll also be able to get the premium currency, COD Points, just "by playing the game". We expect to launch this system for Modern Warfare later this year. Again, the goal (the initial, right-now idea) is that all premium stuff is non-cosmetic "and does not impact game balance".

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