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Activision President speaks on new monetization system in Call of Duty: ‘right thing to do’

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One of the big shockers in mid-October from Activision was an announcement on how they would be approaching the in-game economic system in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The company announced that they would be ditching supply drops in favor of a Battle Pass system for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and provide direct paths to earn in-game content, including weapons. The new system is set to launch in December.

As part of the Activision Blizzard Investor Call on November 7, Activision’s President Rob Kostich was asked during the call about the decision to change the monetization system and how it would effect the company’s results going forward. Although Supply Drops were hated by the community, it was generating millions in revenue for the company.

Kostich started by explaining the “principles” for Modern Warfare in bringing the community together through multiple features that the game has – cross play, cross progression, and no season pass.

“I think it’s really important to first talk about our overarching principle on what we’re trying to do. We’re focused on bringing the community together, building one big community, and keeping them playing together through great content and features.

The changes we’ve been making are certainly in service of those principles, and not only great for our players, but also for growing and sustaining long term engagement, which of course is critical to our long term success.”

Kostich brought up the fact that they have eliminated the season pass and plan to bring out new content free for the entire community. The first content drop arrives on Friday, November 8 with 2 MP maps. He also touches on cross play and how he’s noticed that cross play has brought some friends together that have not been able to play Call of Duty together in a while.

I do want to talk about some of the things you mentioned and some of those changes. You know we did eliminate the season pass, and instead, will be focused on dropping free content to the community so everyone can enjoy it together. Tomorrow [Friday, November 8] is actually going to be the first free content drop for Modern Warfare, and we’re excited about that, and the much bigger things that are yet to come for the community.

Now we also implemented cross play for the first time in the franchise to keep friends playing together no matter what platform they’re on, and I think this one is actually really important. And I am seeing it in how friend groups are connecting already. Players who haven’t played Call of Duty together in years are doing so, we think that’s really great for the community, overall.

He then brings up the changes to the monetization system in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and he says: “it’s the right thing to do for our players.”

Now, we’re also implementing a new Battle Pass system, which you mentioned, and it’s going to launch later this quarter. We feel it’s the right thing to do for the game and how it’s designed. And, more importantly, we think it’s the right thing to do for our players. That launch is still ahead of us, but we’ve been really encouraged by the early response from the community to the changes we’re making there.

Kostich followed by touching on the fact that the launch of Modern Warfare is “just the beginning” and that there’s “much more” to come for this game with post launch Seasons and Events planned to keep the community engaged for the long haul of this title.

“So in terms of growth, we do feel good both about our long term engagement potential as well as the new system that we’re implementing. I’ll let Dennis speak to how we think about in-game revenue in this quarter and beyond, but on the content side, we have plans for Seasons and Events that we believe will keep the community playing together for the long haul.

Modern Warfare is really a great game; it’s a deep experience. And we believe it’s just scratching the surface of what it can do. We keep saying in many places that the launch of Modern Warfare is just the beginning, and it truly is. There’s a ton more to look forward to here.” 

Dennis Durkin, Activision Blizzard’s Chief Financial Officer, spoke a little on the new system as well noting that the company is overall excited about the changes and that they believe having the community together and engaged with a system that they like, that’ll lead to great business results.

“We do feel great about the in-game plans and a lot of the changes you and the team made. We’re always, though, very careful when modeling these new initiatives particularly in launch quarters like this one and the timing of it. Overall, with the changes and keeping the community together with the cross platform and the new economic system that we have inside the game, we think that, most importantly, is going to drive long term engagement inside the franchise. And usually when you’ve got great long term engagement, great business results follow.”

So, we’re pretty excited about what we have in store and what’s coming, and we think that’s going to be a nice tailwind heading into 2020 for Modern Warfare.

Stay tuned for the latest news.

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Modern Warfare & Warzone Sept 25 Update: Double XP

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Infinity Ward has released the latest playlist update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Warzone.

This playlist update is the final new playlist update for Season 5 of the game.

As part of this being the final weekend for Season 5, Infinity Ward has activated the following in game:

  • Double XP
  • Double Weapon XP
  • 2X Tier Progression

Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and 2X Tier Progression will end with the end of Season 5, which is set for September 29.

In addition, there’s an updated playlist option in Warzone. Infinity Ward has added Warzone Mini Royale mode for the weekend. In case you need a refresher, here’s what Mini Royale is:

This weekend only, battle in Warzone Mini Royale Trios. A short, sweet, and intense variant, Mini Royale likens the experience to the first and final minutes of a standard Battle Royale match. Other Warzone playlists available throughout the week include Battle Royale Solos, Duos, Trios, and Quads and Plunder Quads.

Drop in and finish up those Season 5 Battle Passes before it ends!

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Modern Warfare & Warzone Season 6: Date, Subway, & Operators

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Activision and Infinity Ward announced that Season 6 for Modern Warfare and Warzone begins on Tuesday, September 29.

The company released a new cinematic trailer for Season 6, unveiling the new operators coming including Farrah and Nikolai.

The trailer also revealed the new Subway system coming to Warzone, allowing players a new way to traverse the map as they play.

Here’s a look at the Subway system:

Trailer:

The Call of Duty blog has provided more details on what to expect from the two new Operators, who are part of the upcoming Season 6 Battle Pass.

Farah

“This occupation must end. That we can all agree on, yes?”

The founder and Commander of the Urzikstani Liberation Force, Farah, grew up a fighter after surviving imprisonment by Roman Barkov. She’s an exceptional soldier and leader that’s known a lifetime of war. Her skills have been further honed with additional training with the SAS, and she’s led dangerous missions to fight off Al-Qatala forces and other regimes stationed in her country. 

Following the events of Campaign, Farah joins the Chimera of the Allegiance reuniting with Iskra, a former scout of hers. Farah is instantly unlocked at Tier 0 of the Season Six Battle Pass. In addition to Farah’s base skin, players can earn additional skins and other rewards by completing her Operator Missions. 

Nikolai

“Nikolai, you’ve been a bad boy.” “From you that’s a compliment.”

Nikolai is the leader of the Chimera, a PMC within the Allegiance. A long-time friend to Captain Price, Nikolai initially worked with Price, Kamarov, and Kate Laswell to build the Armistice to stop the rise of a new AQ. After the Armisitice collapse, Nikolai now takes the battle in his own hands to stop Zakhaev. 

Nikolai is a Russian patriot at heart with a deep love for his country only matched by his love for weaponry. He’s known as a fixer and can acquire most anything, anywhere. Despite his murky background, he’ll always choose what’s right when it counts. Nikolai is unlocked at Tier 100 of the Season Six Battle Pass. Players can complete Operator Missions to earn additional skins for Nikolai and other rewards. 

Season 6 will begin on Sept. 29 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Alongside the new content teased in the trailer, there will also be more to come in MP.

Stay tuned for the latest on Season 6.

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This Week in Modern Warfare & Warzone: 2XP & Store Bundles

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Call of Duty Blog has posted the latest This Week in Call of Duty post highlighting what players can expect in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone for the week of September 21.

This week sees 24/7 Shipment and 24/7 Shoot House, and new playlists Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone, alongside Gunfight 3v3 Snipers.

And, in Warzone, Warzone Mini Royale Trios is available.

This is also the final week of Season 5 in Modern Warfare & Warzone. Season 6 is set to begin Sept. 29, so Infinity Ward will add Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and 2X Tier Progression starting Friday, Sept. 25 at 10AM PT and ending with the Season 5 end.

This week will also see new store bundles for fans to pick up who want to customize their operators and weapons, including the Tracer Anime Pack and new Alex Bundle.

Here’s the breakdown from Activision Blog:

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This week the Shoot the Ship-tember playlist is breaking off into 24/7 Shoot House and 24/7 Shipment, players can battle in a trio in Gunfight 3v3 Snipers, experience an objective moshpit in Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone, and play in the weekend only Warzone mode – Mini Royale Trios. Plus, players will get Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass progression earn rate starting this weekend!

A double dose of objective fun is available in the Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone mosh pit. In Deathmatch Domination, earn points for capturing objective and eliminating enemy players so OBJ and slayers can earn score. In Drop Zone, hold the objective to receive the gift of Care Packages and a flurry of Killstreaks that keeps the match interesting. All Care Packages are up for grabs, it just takes longer to capture enemy packages, but good things are worth the wait.

Get with your squad and battle in Gunfight 3v3 Snipers. Map knowledge is key to success in this sniper shoot-out as is teammate communication. Make callouts and watch the flag during Overtime. Pro-tip: Consider closing the distance and performing a Finishing Move while the enemy reloads for an epic Killcam. 

Get a new look for Ghost in the ‘Beyond the Pale’ bundle with his ‘Dreadwood’ skin. The bundle also includes two Legendary blueprints – the Spanish Moss and Old Road – a watch, calling card, emblem, spray, quip, weapon charm, and gesture. 

Put the enemy on notice with the ‘Notice Me: IV’ bundle. It’s included blueprint, Showcase, deals high damage and has extra oomph in both the range in accuracy category making this a sniper rifle worth noticing. In addition to the Epic Showcase sniper blueprint, players will also get a weapon charm, calling card, and emblem when they pick up the bundle in Store.

This weekend only, battle in Warzone Mini Royale Trios. A short, sweet, and intense variant, Mini Royale likens the experience to the first and final minutes of a standard Battle Royale match. Other Warzone playlists available throughout the week include Battle Royale Solos, Duos, Trios, and Quads and Plunder Quads. Then hop over to Multiplayer to choose between 24/7 Shipment or 24/7 Shoot House for your close quarters mosh pit mayhem. Whichever mode you choose, you’ll get Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass progression earn rate starting on September 25 at 10AM PT to September 28 at 10AM PT.

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog

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