Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Battle Pass Announced, No Loot Boxes

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Possibly the biggest question mark regarding Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is whether it will feature Supply Drops (loot boxes), and how it’ll work. Well, good news! Today, Activision announced the Modern Warfare Battle Pass, and confirmed that there’s not a loot box system for the game.

In post on Activision’s blog, Infinity Ward explains that the Modern Warfare Battle Pass won’t include any gameplay-affecting items, how there’s going to be two streams for it (premium and free), and it won’t be available at launch. Here’s the quick and official rundown:

·      We are introducing a new Battle Pass system, not a loot box system.

·      All functional content that has an impact on game balance, such as base weapons and attachments, can be unlocked simply by playing the game.

·      The new Battle Pass system will allow players to see the content that they are earning or buying.  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.

·      With the new Battle Pass system, players will be able to earn COD Points by playing the game. 

·      There will be both a Free Stream and a Premium Stream of content in the Battle Pass System in Modern Warfare. New base weapons will be earned through gameplay, simply by playing Modern Warfare. Functional attachments for base weapons can be unlocked through gameplay as well just like in the game’s Beta.

·      The Battle Pass and the In-Game Store will feature a variety of cosmetic content that does not impact game balance.

Infinity Ward also explains why the Modern Warfare Battle Pass won’t be available at launch.

The Battle Pass System for Modern Warfare will not launch when the game releases on October 25th. Here’s why: First and foremost, we are all focused on making the Day One experience awesome. Second, 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.

Note that the announcement doesn’t really say there won’t be Supply Drops or loot boxes for the game’s entire lifecycle, so Activision could technically introduce it at some point down the line, and technically would not be lying. Don’t forget, Supply Drops made an appearance during the Modern Warfare beta, which was less than two months ago.

Do you believe that we won’t see Supply Drops at all in Modern Warfare, or will Activision introduce it down the line after a few months have passed?

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