Call of Duty WW2, much like previous installments in the franchise, will feature loot boxes called supply drops that the community is fairly familiar with. There is one major difference though, which might be carried forward for future installments as well.
When a player opens up a supply drop, everyone else standing around can see for themselves what has been unlocked. The only way to privately open up a crate is to call it in where no one else is present.
The video below features footage from the earlier beta testing and reveals this aspect of supply drops being opened publicly.
According to GameRant, there are even incentives for players to make sure that they stand around to see others opening up their supply drops. Doing so will increase their social scores, which will result in a higher chance of attaining better quality loot from their own supply drops. In addition, all players present at the site of a supply drop opening will be rewarded as well.
The community believes that Sledgehammer Games went with this design in order to promote microtransactions. Players watching others unlock flashy loot may convince them to spend real-world currency in the in-game store.
It should be noted that supply drops contain nothing but cosmetic upgrades. There are no pay-to-win schemes. Nonetheless, the community is not digesting the changes to the supply drops.
Activision is very interested in get more out of microtransactions. Last month, it was reported to have been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a new kind of matchmaking system that is designed to promote microtransactions by pairing players with those who are using cosmetic goods.
Call of Duty WW2 is scheduled for an official launch on November 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.