Recently, Pay-to-Win mechanics haven’t been viewed in the best light. So much so that Congress is looking to ban “loot boxes” for games that have children playing, because of their randomized content can be seen as gambling. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is heading for release on October 25th, which brings into question how will Activision handle this? Everyone knows, that aside from EA, Activision is notorious for using the play-to-win option. Their answer: battle pass system.
Essentially, if you are playing Fortnite it is the same method of purchasing additional content. The methodology is currently been adopted by Destiny 2 and PUBG.
Battle pass system will work as such, players will be able to buy the pass at the beginning of the season, which will unlock a variety of items as they progress. Unlike loot boxes, you will be able to see what items are included and when they’ll unlock.
Activision promises in its post 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.” And like Fortnite’s pass, there will be both free and premium content included in each season’s battle pass, so even if you don’t own the pass, you’ll still unlock things as you play.
Players will also be able to earn COD Points (the premium currency in Call of Duty, similar to Fortnite’s V-Bucks) through the battle pass. In addition to the battle pass, there will also be an in-game store selling cosmetic content (again, like Fortnite) that players will be able to purchase directly.
Don’t count on the battle pass system being available on launch day. Activision wants to focus on the initial launch that gives players a chance to unlock the existing content that comes with the game, as opposed to dumping new shit on top of that. However, they do promise that it will be available “later this year.” You can expect many popular titles to start offering this type of system, especially when governmental oversight is looking to come down on them soon.