Call of Duty: Modern Warfare ditches season pass for Fortnite-like seasonal battle pass

What you need to know

  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is an upcoming first-person shooter from Activision.
  • It's coming to Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 at the end of October.
  • Instead of a season pass, it has seasonal Battle Passes like Fortnite.
  • You can preorder Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for $60 through Amazon (opens in new tab).

Whenever a new Call of Duty game launches, there are those who absolutely love the experience, but then there are those who have issues with its business model. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare wants to make the experience fair for everyone and is changing up how it handles post-launch content.

Today, the team announced certain changes to the way it'll introduce new maps and features going forward. By introducing cross-play between consoles and PC, removing the season pass and separate multiplayer packs, delivering free multiplayer maps, and launching almost all modes simultaneously across all devices, Activision has made great strides to fixing the franchise's image. However, it gets even better.

Instead of requiring the purchase of an expensive season pass that could be almost the same price as the full game, the publisher will introduce a Battle Pass. This isn't a loot box system and never will be. Firstly, all of the gameplay advantage items can be unlocked by playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The new Battle Pass system will allow players to see the content that they are earning or buying.

Battle Passes will launch timed to new seasons. It's unclear how much each of them will cost, but we're hoping it's in the $10-15 range just like Fortnite or Destiny 2. The Battle Pass and the in-game store will feature a variety of cosmetic content that does not impact game balance. However, we'll have to wait until we get our hands on the game to be the judge of that.

The Battle Pass won't launch on October 25 so that everyone has a chance to play the base game and get the unlocks. However, it's probably going to come later in November or December, because the team said that it was launching this year. What do you think of these changes? Do you think they're fair? Let us know.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

4 Comments
  • Unfortunately, I don't see how this is any better. Four Battle Passes at $15 a pop and you've paid the same price for a Season Pass for the same content. Not to mention, this is Activision. Their statement didn't say that they would never include lootboxes.
  • Objectively, I agree. Subjectively, I would say it takes some bite out of it. I still think it's a ****** practice.
  • Thing is that season pass offered you maps that nobody without it could play, battle pass offers unique cosmetics and maybe weapons in it, that eventually will be out in the MW Store, so yes, battle pass is way better than season pass.
  • If you can earn currency to purchase the next battle pass and it isn't a huge grind that would be great. I'm sure it is going to require crazy dedication though