It seems that even Activision and Infinity Ward are not safe from global community blackouts.
Last month, the community behind Battlefield 3 rose their voices and pitchforks in an effort to gain the attention of developers DICE and publisher Electronic Arts. The goal: To pressure EA into allowing freer communication between developers the community by threatening a global BF3 blackout. This ended rather quickly as communication came to a satisfactory medium within the week.
This time, it’s Modern Warfare 3’s turn. YouTuber HC4MALiTe posted a video (featured below) detailing the issues that a number of Call of Duty community members are currently concerned over. This video also urges any wishing to get involved to participate in a Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 blackout on April 20th, 2012 at which point all members involved will refrain from playing the game on this day. Their demands are the following:
- Lag Compensation
- Matchmaking options which include the ability to enable disable local search and base search off the party leader when playing with friends
- The broken Spawn System
- Full featured Theater mode
- Individual volume controls in the options menu
- Tac insert removed from Kill confirmed
- More Hardcore game modes
- Better Elite playlist options
- Objective stats on in-game scoreboard
- Akimbo machine pistol nerf
- Removal of any assault kill streaks from the support package
- Removal of death streaks and Fix Local Area Network settings for Competitive events
This comes at an awkward time coinciding with the departure of Creative Strategist Robert Bowling from Infinity Ward and Activision who was one of the main coordinators between the community and those on the other side of fence. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this movement.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think in the comments!