It’s fair to say that every Activision release is overshadowed by the possibility of loot boxes. You know, those greedy digital incentives that offer to take your real money from you and replace it with an intangible product that may or may not give you a fastrack or advantage in game. And that’s because the publisher has made the practice a common theme throughout its titles. However, those dark days look like they may be behind us as Infinity Ward state they have no intention of utilising a loot box system in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
The question is, can Activision sit on their hands and resist the temptation throughout the game’s expected lifespan? Because that could be years!
The developer of this year’s instalment felt the need to make such a statement, after what they called the release of inaccurate information. The kind that could hurt sales before they’ve even got going. And possibly overshadow what could be a fundamental release in the franchise – a return to and rethinking of Modern Warfare.
Over on Reddit, Joel Emslie posted
Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare. 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.
Which communicates quite clearly the infuriation the team must feel with having such rumours making the rounds. But it’s a little like the boy who cried wolf – if progression wasn’t commonly locked behind mindnumbing grinding or pay walls, there would be nothing to clarify. Unfortunately, this is a bed Activision has made for itself and one in which they’ll have to lie until the trust has returned.
The good news is we’ve at least learned that more news about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is being deployed this week. Every cloud, eh?