Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare To Use Battle Passes For Post-Launch Content

Now we know why it won't have loot boxes.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases next week, and the team at Activision laid out how it will handle post-release content. The company had already announced it would be removing season pass and DLC maps to ensure a more unified player base, but it wasn't clear how the game would handle monetization. It has answered that lingering question now with the announcement of a Battle Pass system.

According to the announcement, the Battle Passes will be timed to live seasons, with both a Free Stream and Premium Stream of content to earn. The Free Stream will let you unlock anything with an impact on gameplay, like base weapons and attachments. The Premium Stream will earn you cosmetics items. You'll also be able to earn COD Points with the Battle Pass.

However, the Battle Pass won't be ready to go on day one. It will launch sometime later in 2019. Activision says this is because right now the company is focused on the game launch, and also because players will have plenty to play through and earn from the base game to start anyway.

"Understandably there are still questions around how the economy will evolve throughout the post-launch, live seasons," the announcement says. "We recognize this will take time to fully demonstrate. 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."

Recently, Infinity Ward's Joel Emslie ruled out loot boxes for Modern Warfare, and this sheds more light on the approach the studio is using instead. The company also recently clarified that its PC download size, listed in specs at 175 GB, is the number including a series of post-launch content.

Modern Warfare releases on October 25. For more details, check out our pre-order guide.

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