Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's release on October 25 is coming up soon, and now one of the developers has clarified the game's stance on loot boxes. In short, there are none.
Infinity Ward's Joel Emslie said on Reddit that the studio is "definitely not working on any kind of supply drop or loot box system." He added that Modern Warfare's "functional" content, which impacts gameplay, is unlocked through gameplay, not by paying for it.
More details about how Modern Warfare handles this system will be shared this week, he said.
Emslie's comments came in response to renewed discussion about whether or not Modern Warfare would feature supply drops or loot boxes like in previous Call of Duty games. "Sigh. There continues to be misinformed and incorrect info being pushed about Modern Warfare," he said.
In 2017's Call of Duty: WWII, from developer Sledgehammer, loot boxes literally rained down from the sky in the game's social space.
While Call of Duty: Modern Warfare may not have loot boxes, the game may still feature the Call of Duty Points virtual currency from previous games. If it's implemented similarly to previous titles, players will be able to buy these Points with real money and spend them on cosmetic items like weapon skins and emotes that do not impact gameplay.
Loot boxes have created a lot of controversy, and governments around the world are examining the business practice to determine if they will take legal action. In August, it was announced that new games or game updates that add loot boxes on Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony platforms will be required to disclose the rarity rates of items.