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Activision reportedly considering free-to-play revenue model for Modern Warfare 4

Published: 18/May/2019 21:47 Updated: 18/May/2019 22:35

by Alan Bernal


Activision could be looking into implementing a major change for its future Call of Duty titles, starting with a possible free-to-play ‘revenue model’ for Modern Warfare 4.

The next installment’s release for the legendary Modern Warfare series has basically been a poorly kept secret in the games industry, but a surprising development suggests that it could take on a vastly different revenue model from titles past.

A Kotaku report on the internal workings at Activision has revealed that a free-to-play model of some kind might be adopted by the publisher, as early discussions about the release are starting to take place.

Infinity WardModern Warfare would be taking a new leap where previous Call of Duty’s have yet to go, but questions loom if a free-to-play model could work with the popular shooter.

The report suggests that while Black Ops 4 sold well during its initial launch window, follow up sources of revenue for the title weren’t exactly what the publisher was hoping for. Not looking to repeat that trend, Activision could pull the trigger in changing how the next game brings in cash during its life cycle.

“Activision executives have started to talk about embracing free-to-play as a revenue model – once anathema to the publisher – and, three sources say, are looking into offering a free-to-play component for this year’s new Modern Warfare, although the specifics may not be finalized yet,” the report said.

Furthermore, it seems like there are those inside Activision who “[remain] resistant” to using any kind of free-to-play model for Call of Duty, according to Kotaku’s sources.

ActivisionFans of the Modern Warfare franchise might soon get a free-to-play model somewhere within the game.

How would free-to-play work in Call of Duty?

This could vastly change how Call of Duty players interact with the 2019 title as it would see a model more closely tied with other popular titles like Fortnite Battle Royale and Apex Legends.

While those games are completely free-to-play, if Activision decide to go that route it doesn’t mean the next Modern Warfare 4 will be identical in design based on those models.

Call of Duty games are known for giving players multiple ways of diving into that battlefields be it through a story mode, Multiplayer, Zombies and, since Black Ops 4, a battle royale.

Respawn EntertainmentGames like Apex Legends live off their free-to-play structure, and it would be interesting to see how Activision would implement something similar to a CoD title.

Depending on what Infinity Ward has in store for Modern Warfare 4, any one of those modes could follow a free-to-play model while the rest of the title’s offerings retail at a normal price.

Alternitavely, the publisher could be considering making DLC content ‘free’, potentially scrapping the Season Pass, or ‘Black Ops Pass’ which cause so much controversy leading up to Black Ops 4’s release.

The recent reports suggest a lot of things are happening over at Activision and it will be interesting to see where the company decides to go with their next major title.

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OpTic Envoy’s AK74u Black Ops Cold War loadout ahead of CDL launch

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:53

by Jacob Hale


The competitive Call of Duty season is almost upon us, with the CDL launching on January 23, and Envoy’s AK74u could prove one of the most important in getting OpTic Chicago some all-important championship wins.

The AK74u is the go-to SMG for all competitive Black Ops Cold War players. While the MP5 was the main one when the game first dropped, a subsequent nerf saw the 74u take top spot and maintain it ever since.

While Envoy’s original loadout back in November was impressive, this one is a complete change-up, and seems to be the meta build for most top pros who run it.

Taking to Nuketown ‘84 for a 1v1 against teammate FormaL, both were using the AK74u — and it absolutely shreds.

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The AK74u is the best-in-class SMG.

As mentioned, this looks to be the meta build for most pros, but Envoy is by far one of the most impressive SMG players in the Call of Duty League, so it definitely looks great in his hands.

Here’s the attachments Envoy uses on the gun:

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.45
  • Barrel: 9.3” Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

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If you’re looking to maximize your abilities with an SMG in hand, Envoy is one of the best people to look at, and with the launch of League Play in BOCW seemingly imminent, now’s the perfect time to get used to this build.

This may look slightly different from what you see in public matches, with certain attachments banned or not viable in a competitive space, so it’s well worth familiarizing yourself with.

Whether or not this remains the meta throughout the year isn’t yet known; we expect a number of weapon balancing changes throughout the year, but how this affects the 74u isn’t clear.