The Microsoft Activision deal is currently in its final stages, and when it concludes, Call of Duty players might just be spoiled for choice. The new iteration of Modern Warfare 3 is installment 20 of the long-running FPS franchise, and you might be wondering if Xbox Game Pass factors into the equation. Now, Activision updates the COD community on the possibility of MW3 Game Pass options in the future.
We’re mere weeks away from the Modern Warfare 3 release date, and the window to get your MW3 pre-order confirmed is getting narrower. On the chance that MW3 Game Pass options will coincide with the game’s launch, Activision explains that “it’s awesome to see anticipation building for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3. As we continue to work toward regulatory approval of the Microsoft deal, we’ve been getting some questions whether our upcoming and recently launched games will be available via Game Pass.”
However, it won’t be joining the Microsoft subscription service anytime soon – though it isn’t entirely impossible. “While we do not have plans to put Modern Warfare 3 or Diablo 4 into Game Pass this year, once the deal closes, we expect to start working with Xbox to bring our titles to more players around the world,” continues Activision. Additionally, the powerhouse behind some of the best FPS games ever made clarifies that “we anticipate that we would begin adding games into Game Pass sometime in the course of next year.”
The addition of Call of Duty games to Game Pass continues to be a touchstone topic for the merge, considering that the franchise has a wealth of entries. Many older entries often retail on the Xbox Store as high as $59.99, including the likes of Infinite Warfare and Black Ops 4, which released in 2016 and 2018 respectively. Conversely, going further back, games like Call of Duty 3 and World at War come in at the $19.99 mark, despite both of them passing a decade since their releases in 2006 and 2008.
While discounts are sometimes deployed for the franchise, bringing them to Game Pass would be an excellent way to celebrate the franchise’s 20-year anniversary. Servers for previous Xbox 360 COD games like Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops are functional once more, meaning you can get a slice of nostalgia before the next Call of Duty game arrives. Despite claims that Activision wouldn’t even consider it, the chances of Call of Duty games on Xbox Game Pass has improved since then.