Since the realization that supply drops will, in fact, be featured in Modern Warfare, the community has been in a tizzy. Throughout the development cycle, there has been a nonstop flow of rumors from inside sources about supply drops. These rumors even prompted an Infinity Ward developer to comment on the situation.
With so much unknown, there does seem to be one constant certainty. If supply drops revert back to an unfair system, otherwise known as “pay-to-win”, Modern Warfare might be doomed from the start. Gameplay aside, we’ve seen in the past that players will stop playing a game if supply drops offer unfair advantages.
During the Modern Warfare beta, a YouTuber by the name of NerosCinema happened upon a peculiar glitch. After completing a match, the after-action report displayed text congratulating him on his new supply drop.
While this is obviously a glitch, no one was really surprised to see supply drops would be returning. The amount of revenue they pull in for Activision is simply too great to just give up for the sake of the community.
However, it’s what Activision decides to put in the supply drops that has everyone concerned. In the past, game-altering weapons and exclusive camos have only been attainable through supply drops, which can be tirelessly grinded for in-game or bought with money.
For Modern Warfare, there were promises made by Infinity Ward that supply drops would be cosmetic items only. However, according to the now-infamous leaker TheGamingRevolution, this may not be the case anymore.
TheGamingRevolution has been leaking Modern Warfare news since June with nearly 100% accuracy. In a recent barrage of tweets, he claimed that Activision decided to put hundreds of “filler” items into supply drops as well as weapons.
They're literally changing so much. They had A FAIR SYSTEM WITH SALVAGE and then they just remove it.
I hope something changes by release, I swear.
— TheGamingRevolution (@TheGamingRevoYT) September 24, 2019
This is not the direction Infinity Ward wanted to go, but they were apparently forced to by the hand of Activision. Claiming a fair system with salvage like Infinite Warfare was previously in play, it sounds like the revenue potential is too great for Activision to pass up.
However, Infinity Ward’s Art Director responded to these rumors quite aggressively on Reddit:
My ask of all of you is to focus on information that is actually fact and not get thrown off by ill informed people that want to make a name for themselves by spreading half baked inflammatory rumors.
Quite clearly calling out TGR, the Infinity Ward employee obviously feels the leaks are misleading. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen, but the backlash has been severe nonetheless. Activision could make another U-turn with supply drops, but no one knows at this point.
One thing is clear, however: if supply drops aren’t fair for all, players will turn on Modern Warfare. Let’s hope Activision and Infinity Ward can come together and figure out a solution.
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Joey Carr is a University of North Georgia Journalism graduate. He has 5+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including Dreamhack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.