Your Call of Duty cosmetics fix won’t come by way of Supply Drops or Loot Boxes, Infinity Ward has confirmed.
Not that you probably cared either way, but loot boxes have been scraped entirely from Modern Warfare, with the game’s developer, Infinity Ward, putting to bed any rumours about the highly anticipated game including in-game microtransactions of the loot box variety.
Dating back to 2014’s Advanced Warfare, which arguably represented the beginning of the currently Call of Duty downfall, in-game loot boxes have offered a variety of different skins and other cosmetics, as well as unique (and often more powerful weapons).
These loot boxes could either be purchased outright with real money, or earned via random drops. As they’ve become more and more of an integral part of the Call of Duty experience, fans have developed a love-hate relationship with them, given they both offer up new items, but also smother the base COD experience.
With Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward is working to completely scrap the idea, although it’s unsure at this point just what will replace them in-game. After all, there has to be a way to earn new skins and weapons outside of standard progression … or maybe standard progression is all we need.
“There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare,” explained Infinity Ward art director, Joel Emslie, on Reddit.
“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 that more or less puts to bed any claims that you’ll have to lock any weapon upgrades — which we assume is what he’s referring to with “functional stuff” — via simply playing the game, which is, SHOCK HORROR, and rather conventional and classical way to implement unlocks.
Modern Warfare launches October 25.