This year’s Call of Duty is looking to be one of the most player-friendly titles in the series.
In a statement, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward said that it “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.”
In addition to cross-play, the developer is also ditching the season pass model “so that they can deliver more free maps and content as well as post-launch events to all players.”
This is a major change from last year’s Black Ops 4, which caused a stir when it forced players to buy the season pass if they wanted to play on any DLC maps. Instead, it’s closer to Battlefield V‘s current Tides of War model that offers players free maps and weapons while financially supporting ongoing development by charging for certain character and weapon skins. Tides of War has been a mixed bag for Battlefield players, so it will be interesting to see how Infinity Ward plans to supplement initial sales with microtransactions and cosmetics.
As for cross-play, it’ll be interesting to see if this feature is implemented at launch. Microsoft and Sony publicly made peace recently when they announced that they’d be working together on game streaming to rival Google Stadia, but Sony is still putting out a stubborn air when it comes to opening its platform fully to cross-play.
While we haven’t heard much about the game’s multiplayer component, our hands-off time with the game’s single-player definitely left an impression. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare promises to be one of the most headline-making game in the series when it launches on October 25th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.