With the recent reveal of Call of Duty Modern Warfare, the developer Infinity Ward and publisher Activision have pointed out two major changes that the next game will feature. This year the game will feature cross-play support for multiplayer on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, while it will not any season pass.
With the launch of Modern Warfare, the team is taking steps to unite the community. First, the team plans for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support,” reads an official statement mailed to PC Gamer.
Also, the team is eliminating the traditional season pass, so that they can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players.
Cross-play multiplayer platform has been increasingly being popular over the course of last year. Especially after big titles like Rocket League, Fortnite and Dauntless support the feature, and allowing players to come together regardless what platform they are playing on. A franchise like Call of Duty adoption to a multi-platform is an indication for a major positive change for competitive gaming.
From what it sounds, the multiplayer and single-player components of the game will be closely linked, with progression shared between the two.
Modern Warfare offers a unified narrative experience and progression across campaign, multiplayer, and co-op. [The game will] deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players.
Another big surprise would be the season pass that the Call of Duty franchise has been typically implementing over the years. Activision has not specified what other forms of monetization the company will supplement over the lack of a season pass. It is not like the game would not have any sort of monetization as other forms of microtransactions have long been a part of the Call of Duty games over the year, and the trend will likely stay for a long time.
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