Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ditches loot boxes, reworks microtransactions

Last Updated July 12th, 2021

One of the most contemptuous aspects of the video game industry nowadays is loot boxes and microtransactions. For years the Call of Duty franchise has featured both in their games, but according to developer Infinity Ward, that’s changing with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

In a post on the Call of Duty blog, Infinity Ward announced that Modern Warfare will not include loot boxes and instead feature a Battle Pass. In previous announcements, the developer also said they will no longer have season passes or DLC and all post-launch content for the game will be free.

There will be two types of Battle Passes, a free version and premium version. Although no price was attached to the premium version, the Battle Pass will allow players to see the content they are earning through gameplay or buying with real cash. In addition, all the items in the Battle Pass and the in-game store will feature only cosmetic content. The game’s base weapons and their attachments will be earned and unlocked through gameplay only.

While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will launch on October 25, the Battle pass will launch a bit later.

“First and foremost, we are all focused on making the Day One experience awesome,” Infinity Ward said. “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.

“Understandably there are still questions around how the economy will evolve throughout the post-launch, live seasons,” the developer continued. “We recognize this will take time to fully demonstrate. Please know 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.”