Call of Duty: Modern Warfare eschews lockbox monetization for a battle pass


Arguably one of the bigger online multiplayer shooters coming down the pike is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, just by mere dint of its IP. That said, its association with Activision likely meant some nerves about the game’s choice of monetizing its multiplayer component. An official blog post yesterday has confirmed that monetization will be focused on a battle pass and not on selling lockboxes.

Just like battle passes in other multiplayer titles, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will feature a free track and premium track, each one providing cosmetics for players to earn themed around a given battle pass season. There will also be an in-game store that offers additional cosmetics. There will be no lockboxes to buy and items that affect gameplay like weapons and weapon attachments can be earned exclusively by playing the game.

The battle pass will not arrive when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare launches on Friday, October 25th, in order to grant players time to work their way through the new game and unlock goodies and grant the devs time to make sure the day one experience is “awesome.” The battle pass will instead arrive later this year. “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,” closes the blog.

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