'Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare' Won't Have Loot Boxes, Confirms Developer
There's been some confusion as to whether or not the upcoming Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare reboot would have some kind of loot box or "Supply Drop" system following claims from an alleged leaker that the game would feature some kind of microtransaction system where certain weapons would be hidden behind a paywall.
Now, Infinity Ward's Art Director Joel Emslie has took to Reddit to clarify the situation, confirming that the studio currently has no plans to introduce loot boxes to the military shooter. This comes just weeks after the apparent discovery of references to loot boxes in the Modern Warfare beta.
"Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare," Emslie wrote in a post headed Current Events, in which he attempted to address the issue.
"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."
The fact that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare won't include any pay-to-win elements at launch should be taken as an encouraging sign, although fans have pointed out that publisher Activision has a habit of introducing loot boxes post-launch. Black Ops 4 got them around four months after release, for example.
Emslie's statement certainly rules out that Modern Warfare will have loot boxes when it launches on October 25, but it should be noted that he doesn't outright confirm that the game will never have loot boxes. I assume this is because, ultimately, the decision is Activision's, not Infinity Ward's.
As the top reply to Emslie's post (from redditor Loud_County) sums up; "Please let this be true for the entire life cycle of the game." This is clearly a community that's been burned before.
Emslie and his colleagues previously found himself having to defend Infinity Ward following the backlash regarding the news that Modern Warfare's Special Operations Survival mode would be PS4 exclusive for one year.
Modern Warfare's Narrative Director Taylor Kurosaki responded to many of the complaints on Twitter, arguing that the much-maligned timed-exclusivity deal was nothing to do with the developer, and was between Sony and Activision.
"We do our BEST every day to give our players the best experience possible," he argued. "There are decisions that are above all of our pay grades that have to be considered. I understand your feelings, but this is much better than others I have seen."
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