Activision today detailed the approach to post-launch content that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will take and it's a bit of a departure from previous titles. Unlike its predecessors, the title will not have a season pass or paid DLC, instead opting for free post-launch maps and modes for all players,
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's post-launch maps and modes will also launch simultaneously on all platforms. As far as the in-game economy goes, the publisher states that it has chosen seasonal Battle Passes in favor of the much-maligned loot boxes.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Post-launch Content, Battle Pass, Loot Boxes
"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 post detailing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's post-launch content reads.
As expected, the Battle Pass will have two streams of content, one free, another premium. New weapons and attachments will, supposedly, " be earned through gameplay, simply by playing Modern Warfare".
The Battle Pass system will essentially let players see what they're about to earn or purchase. Both it and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's in-game store will feature cosmetic items that will "not impact game balance".
Each post-launch season will come with its own Battle Pass, ensuring a steady stream of unlockables. That being said, the system won't be in place when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is set to launch, on October 25.
"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.", the publisher said.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's shift towards free post-launch map and modes that will, no less, launch simultaneously on all platforms is without a doubt a step in the right direction, provided players get a constant stream of new content.
That being said, Black Ops 4 saw its fair share of backlash based on how the in-game economy and its supply drops were handled post-launch. A potential repeat of the same mistakes could overshadow the goodwill fans will likely show Modern Warfare given these promised changes.