With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare scheduled to come out this Friday, many fans are anxious to get their hands on this long-anticipated video game. But there have been a fair amount of fans concerned as to what the in-game economy looks like. In a world where loot boxes are popular despite the justified criticism that's connected to them, there's been the concern that loot boxes will appear in the newest Call of Duty game.
Thankfully, gaming company Activision Blizzard has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will have a battle pass instead of loot boxes. The battle pass will ensure that players receive both cosmetics and content from the game. It'll be available for purchase at the beginning of the season. Plus, there's total transparency as to what the items are, as well as how and when they're unlocked.
In the same announcement, Activision Blizzard promised 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."
What this means is that both free and premium content included in every season's battle pass. So if you didn't buy the battle pass, you can instead unlock them from just playing the game. Players will also be able to earn COD Points- Call of Duty's premium currency- through said battle pass. Finally, there will be an in-game store that's going to sell cosmetic content that can be purchased directly.
Activision Blizzard's decision to adopt a battle pass instead of loot boxes is definitely going to sit well with Call of Duty fans. As mentioned before, loot boxes have garnered a ton of criticism from fans and even government agencies around the world. In the case of the latter, the United States is currently trying to a bill that would ban selling loot boxes to anyone under 18 years old. It'd also make it illegal for video games sold to minors to have any pay-to-win microtransactions and/or mechanics.
Will more video games adopt a similar mindset that Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has? It's hard to say right now. But for fans' sake (especially those who are underage), here's hoping that loot boxes will eventually be nothing more than a thing of the past.