Call of Duty fans have been looking cautiously toward the launch of Modern Warfare, as rumours suggested that the series’ loot boxes – called Supply Drops – would expand beyond cosmetic to include gameplay-affecting items like weapons. After those supply drop rumours, one developer told fans to ignore “half-baked inflammatory” talk, and now Infinity Ward has broken down its plans for post-launch monetisation.
“We are introducing a new Battle Pass system, not a loot box system,” the devs say in the official announcement. The Battle Pass will work much like it does in other games, bringing in new content in seasonal rotations. Each season will offer a free track through the pass, where you’ll unlock new weapons and attachments, while a paid pass will offer premium cosmetics. Cosmetics will also be available through an in-game store.
“All functional content that has an impact on game balance, such as base weapons and attachments, can be unlocked simply by playing the game.” So that should put to rest any immediate worries of loot boxes with guns in them. You’ll also be able to get the premium currency, COD Points, just “by playing the game.”
However – importantly – the Battle Pass will not be available when Modern Warfare launches next week, so we won’t know exactly how the new economy will look on release. The first Battle Pass will hit “later this year.”
Infinity Ward says “we are committed to delivering a fair system guided by the principles we’ve outlined here, and will continue to monitor feedback and player engagement to help us achieve that goal.”
For now, you can check out our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare classes guide for details on how you’ll be building your loadout in the new game. Just know that you’ll be pouring in time rather than money to get more options.