Activision adopting a new approach to monetization with Modern Warfare.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

When Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases on October 25, a new era of monetization for the franchise will also begin. Activision plans to change how they approach things like the in-game economy and real-money microtransactions.

An official blog post by the publisher highlights some of these planned changes. In short, the current plan is to do away with things like Season Passes and paid DLC map packs. It's also apparently doing away with paid loot boxes. This all sounds good, in theory.

Now, instead of loot boxes, Modern Warfare will have a Battle Pass system. Those of you who have played games like Fortnite, PUBG, or even Destiny 2: Shadowkeep should have some idea as to what this entails. There will be new seasonal Battle Passes released for each "season" of content in the game. These usually include a clearly outlined path of new content that you can earn and unlock before you decide if you want to purchase the Season Pass.

The Season Pass, however, will not be made available at the game's launch. It will instead come "later this year."

Activision also notes that any and all content that "has an impact on game balance" will be obtainable through playing the game. Optional cosmetics can still be purchasable separately within the game. Things like post-launch multiplayer maps and modes will now be released for free, ala: Battlefield V. Let's just hope that the post-launch maps and content is handled far better than DICE has done with Battlefield V.

Today's blog entry says that there will be further answers given about this new approach when the live seasons start to roll out.

And just in case you missed the launch trailer from last week, you can check that out below.