This week was quite sad for the PC gamers who found out that Infinity Ward has no plans for dedicated servers nor mod support in the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The result was a petition that now holds over 100,000 signatures and a semi-response from community manager fourzerotwo. Until now, Infinity Ward had no comments to make regarding their decision, but Game Informer had a chat with them to find out more.
If you’re just curious to find out if the petition had any results… well, like most of the online petitions – it didn’t, meaning that Infinity Ward still has no plans to bring back the support for Modern Warfare 2 dedicated servers. Why? Mainly because they want to offer a better experience to the more casual players.
“We’re just prioritizing the player experience above the modders and the tuners,” said IW’s Jason West. “We thought maybe it would be cool if the fans could play the game,” he added saying that the poor Modern Warfare (the first one, obviously) players were unable to find at least one server where there weren’t huge discrepancies in skill, tons of cheaters or insular communities. Which I honestly believe to be false.
However, Infinity Ward kept claiming that the hardcore players will lose very little due to this change of plans: according to them, clans can still “train” by creating private matches and only losing the ability to customize the game a lot. Which was the most important thing in the first place…
All in all, whether we like it or not, one thing is clear: Infinity Ward, from one reason or another, have decided against dedicated server support in Modern Warfare 2 and that’s how things will stay. How much will they lose because of this? Probably just too few to worry: that’s what happens when you get that big. A few thousands (be them players/fans or bucks) will no longer matter… As Metallica used to say: Sad But True!