Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s release is scheduled for next week and publisher Activision is already preparing to kick things off with an announcement about the game’s future. According to the company, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is abandoning its season passes and paid DLC maps and instead will monetize the game through Battle Pass system.
In its blog post, Activision detailed how the basics of the in-game economy will work:
- 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.
Seems like the new Battle Pass system will work similarly to the ones seen in other games such as PUBG or Apex Legends. However, Battle Passes won’t be launched on day one. According to Activision, the team is committed to making the launch experience as smooth as possible. Additionally, the company mentioned that after the game’s launch there will be plenty of stuff to do for the players, so the planned Battle Pass content will land sometime later in 2019.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be released on October 25th on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.