Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Loot Boxes Aren't a Thing, Devs Say

Infinity Ward says Modern Warfare has no plans to add loot boxes for unlockables.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare won't have loot boxes and supply drops. All functional items and gear will be unlocked through gameplay only, Infinity Ward art director Joel Emslie says.

Emslie took to Reddit yesterday to make the announcement as a way of clearing the air, cutting through the confusion caused by what he considers misinformation about the upcoming shooter. 

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.

Loot boxes and locking progression behind paywalls doesn't count among the loads of information we already know about the game. Instead, Emslie's comment is most likely in reference to the game's recent beta period, where players discovered what appeared to be place-holder text for some type of loot box mechanic. 

According to Emslie, more information about Modern Warfare's unlockables will be shared later this week. No specific timeframe was provided for when that information would become available. 

While we wait, you can fill the time checking out the latest Modern Warfare gameplay trailer and finding out why we think this is going to be the solid reboot the series needs.

Source: Reddit


Josh Broadwell's gaming career began early--1993, to be exact--when he was introduced to the Super Nintendo and Super Mario World. Despite all the magnificent games the SNES and, later, the original PlayStation had to offer, it wasn't until the GameBoy Advance era that he finally discovered RPGs, which quickly became a favorite genre. He holds a BA in history, an MA in history, and is currently pursuing an MA in strategic communication.

Published Oct. 15th 2019

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