Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will finally touch down later this month and in the build up to launch day, fans have been speculating as to how Activision and Infinity Ward will monetise its popular online multiplayer mode.
During the recent beta, players noticed that the post-match “After Action Report” screen had a space reserved for displaying unlocked Supply Drops – Call of Duty’s spin on loot boxes. This, combined with reported leaks from within the Call of Duty community has ignited rumours that Modern Warfare will feature microtransactions from day one, potentially erecting a paywall in front of certain in-game items.
Since then Infinity Ward art director, Joel Emslie, has combated these claims directly in a post found on the Modern Warfare Reddit. Clearly frustrated by this latest bout of speculation, here’s what he had to say:
Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare. What I can say right now is that we are definitely NOT working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system. Also, functional stuff is unlocked through GAMEPLAY. Stay tuned, we’re planning to release info this week.
So there you have it, no supply drops or loot boxes. However, that raises questions as to how Infinity Ward will be dishing out in-game items such as character skins, weapon camos, and the wide range of cosmetics allowing players to customise their look in-game.
These may appear as progression unlocks, similar to how they were way back in Call of Duty 4. Maybe Infinity Ward is opting for a free battle pass type of system instead? It sounds like we’ll be finding out more very soon.
Emslie’s response hasn’t allayed concerns that Activision won’t slip microtransactions in at a later date, similar to what it did with Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled not long after the game’s release.