Activision announced in May that there would be no Season pass for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. These Season Passes had been a staple for the Call of Duty universe over the last decade. Fans everywhere saw this as a step in the right direction. But they were worried too, would this mean that there would be no new maps? If there were new maps, would they be free? Activision has given their answer and it’s yes to new, free maps.
Activision did a press release which announced that the “Multiplayer universe” reveal will be on the 1st of August. The publisher also mentioned Modern Warfare “seeks to unite the community” with cross-play (which has been announced before). Then the removal of the traditional Season Pass was discussed. They said it will help Infinity Ward deliver free maps, content and more post-launch! Here’s the full quote from the press release:
“As players enlist in the heart-racing Modern Warfare story, multiplayer continues the experience as players head online into the ultimate playground for the global balance of power. Featuring unified progression across modes, Modern Warfare seeks to unite the community with plans to support cross-play across platforms and the removal of the traditional season pass in order to deliver a greater mix of more free maps, content and community events post-launch.”
Apart from the season pass, the mention of “unified progression across modes” caught our eyes. It’s not explained in the press release (most likely will be talked about come August 1). But according to speculation, playing through Spec Ops will help you progress in multiplayer and so on. Perhaps playing the single-player campaign will contribute something to it as well? Or maybe there’s going to be one specific character you’re logged into. And everything you do progresses that overall character or profile’s rank in Call of Duty.
Players are still however concerned by the mention of free maps. Because in the past, with Black Ops especially, the same maps with different lighting were released and are being released. This move helped in the negative perception of the Call of Duty word. Activision is on the road to recovery, in regards to their image. If they do a repeat of it, it won’t matter if they scrap the Season Pass. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.