With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Activision and Infinity Ward are looking to make some major changes to the annual franchise. The three main areas that the game is focusing on are that it’s introducing crossplay across platforms for the first time, removing the Season Pass and a la carte DLC multiplayer map packs from previous games, and it is releasing post-launch multiplayer maps and modes simultaneously on all platforms. All three of these things have not been done in past Call of Duty titles. Today, Activision and Infinity Ward addressed how Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be using a Battle Pass system instead of a Loot Box system that previous COD games have used.
Utilizing a Battle Pass system means that “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 Battle Pass system allows players to see the content that they are earning or buying. Like most games using a Battle Pass system, a new Battle Pass will launch with a new season so players can earn new content that matches each season.
Players will earn COD points by playing the game. There will be a free and premium stream of content. New weapons can be earned through gameplay by playing. Attachments can also be unlocked by simply playing the game like it was during the Beta. The Battle Pass system will be coming to the game after the game launches. The Call of Duty Team said “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.”