- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not have “loot box” mechanic
- The base game will retail for at least $60
- Fortnite has been free and sells $10 passes every few months
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will not have the much-maligned “loot box” mechanic at launch and will instead introduce a Fortnite-inspired “battle pass” system that will debut after the game’s October 25 release date. Game publisher Activision made the announcement in a blog posted Thursday afternoon.
Based on pre-order pricing, the base game will retail for at least $60 (roughly Rs. 4,300). Fortnite, on the other hand, has been free and sells $10 (roughly Rs. 710) passes every few months, with the opportunity to earn back enough in-game currency to purchase the next season’s pass without adding additional funds. Call of Duty’s battle pass also appears to give players the opportunity to earn the money back in in-game currency, called COD Points, but it is not known whether it will cover the full cost of the following season’s pass.
Asked for specifics by The Washington Post, an Activision spokesman replied: “As we said, we are introducing a new battle pass system. We don’t have anything else to share at this time.”
Unlike the battle royale-only free mode of Fortnite, Modern Warfare will feature several multiplayer modes out of the box, in addition to the highly-anticipated return of a single-player story.
“All functional content that has an impact on game balance, such as base weapons and attachments, can be unlocked simply by playing the game,” according to a statement from Activision.
The battle pass would work similar to Fortnite’s, giving players a preview of the free rewards and a “premium” stream that would become available after players ante up extra money. The exact date of when the battle pass mechanic will be introduced is not yet known.
“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,” Activision said, adding the battle pass would launch “later this year.”