Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is less than two weeks away from launch but its monetization methods are still the subject of speculation as Infinity Ward has so far kept that aspect under wraps.
What we can tell you is the developers aren't working on any loot box systems at the moment. That is according to Studio art director Joel Emslie, who has knocked back a YouTuber's claims regarding such.
Said YouTuber, who's been known to leak information on upcoming video game titles, told fans the game will include a microtransaction system that hides certain weapons behind a paywall.
Emslie has taken to Reddit to rubbish the claim. "Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare," he wrote. "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."
Of course, fans were understandably skeptical.
"This is key," one responded. "They can say whatever they want before the game comes out, then just go back on their word whenever they feel like. I really hope that doesn’t happen this year, but given Activision’s track record, it’s likely an inevitability."
Activision isn't exactly a credible source, even when it comes to their own content, and gamers will have a hard time believing that Modern Warfare will go an entire lifetime without such microtransactions. It isn't like the previous two games had none, right?
The director is likely telling the truth about Infinity Ward not currently working on a loot box system but that hardly suggests they won't pick it up at some point. Black Ops 4 did not get loot boxes until four months after its release so it would be no surprise if they showed up in this year's installment of CoD.
While Call of Duty's loot boxes don't promote pay-to-win and are more cosmetic-based, it's still hard not to take the above statement without a grain of salt especially when we consider the fact that the beta sort of made references to loot boxes.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will be out for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on October 25.