One of the developers of the upcoming Call of Duty title, Modern Warfare, has clarified that there are no loot boxes in the game.
Recently on Reddit, Joel Emslie, Studio Art Director for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at Infinity Ward, stated that the company is definitely not working on any sort of loot box system. He went on to say that the content in the game is functional, impacts gameplay, and can only be earned through gameplay. Emslie ended by saying that more details on how these systems are handled in Modern Warfare will be revealed next week.
The comments from Emslie were sparked by renewed speculation around the Supply Drops feature in the new Call of Duty title. Traditionally these have been Call of Duty’s loot box feature in recent games, but it now seems as though that is set to change. In fact, Elmsie expressed their frustration at the inaccurate rumours being spread about the game.
While it has been confirmed that loot boxes are nowhere to be seen in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, there’s still every chance that the franchise’s premium currency, Call of Duty Points, will rear their head. If these points are implemented in the game, then they will be purchasable with real money, but can only be spent on cosmetic items that have no impact on gameplay.
Loot boxes are becoming increasingly unacceptable in games today. The matter has gone so far that as of August, any new games or updates that add loot boxes to games on Microsoft, Sony, or Nintendo platforms will be required to disclose their drop rates regarding the rarity of items.
Even games such as Fortnite won’t allow players to purchase items that provide them with an advantage over others. Cosmetics seem to be the only acceptable way for loot boxes to offer rewards to players, though whether this changes in the future so that even they can’t be provided in loot boxes remains to be seen.