Call of Duty: Modern Warfare replaces map packs and loot boxes with a Battle Pass system

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Much has been rumoured about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s post-launch content and monetisation systems and now Activision and Infinity Ward have finally addressed these concerns.

As we knew since its announcement, COD: Modern Warfare won’t have any Season Pass or multiplayer Map Packs. All post-launch maps and modes will be free for all players on all platforms, and all of these maps and modes will launch simultaneously across PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Sony has scooped up a year-long exclusive for the co-op Spec Ops Survival mode but that’s it as far as exclusivity goes.

But, Activision isn’t a publisher which believes in charity. The money to fund that post-launch content needs to come from somewhere (despite the base game costing up to £85), which brings us to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s in-game purchases and all those other gubbins.

First and foremost, there won’t be loot boxes or randomised loot crates in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Now, Activision did say this about Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 but added loot crates in six months later, so we’ll withhold judgement on this for now.

Instead of loot crates, COD: Modern Warfare will use the popular Battle Pass system. Battle Passes will arrive after launch with timed post-launch live seasons.Players can work through the levels of the Battle Pass to earn new cosmetic items and COD Points (premium currency). New base weapons and attachments are unlocked through normal gameplay and are not part of  Call of Duty: modern Warfare’s Battle Pass.

The Battle Pass will be available in two flavours – Free Stream and Premium Stream. At any point, a player can spend an undetermined number of COD Points to upgrade to the Premium Battle Pass and unlock the content. You’ll need to buy a new Battle Pass for each season but, if you level it up enough, you should earn enough COD Points to buy the next one. Anyone who’s played the likes of Fortnite will be familiar with the systems here (albeit COD: MW certainly isn’t F2P). 

Interestingly, the Battle Pass won’t be implemented on day one. Activision wants those glowing reviews first. Or, as they put it themselves, “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.” It, er, sounds as if Activision believes the Battle Pass will make the Day One experience less awesome. Straight from the horse’s mouth there. Anyway, the Battle Pass system will instead launch later in the year. 

And that’s basically it for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s monetisation plans. It’s a Battle Pass rather than map packs and loot crates. The player base will no longer be segregated into the haves and have-nots, but is yet another Battle Pass to add to a growing list of Battle Passes that do a heck of a good job at making games feel more like work than fun.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare comes to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 25th.