Although “most” of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s post-release DLC will launch on all platforms at the same time, Sony’s exclusivity deal with Activision is continuing in some form. Activision has confirmed that PS4 players “will have an exciting Day 1 advantage” in Modern Warfare. That’s all Activision had to say on the matter, so fans can only guess for now what that may mean.
More details will be announced “soon,” Activision said.
Activision and Sony have had an exclusivity deal for Call of Duty for years now, with new content releasing first on PlayStation. That’s changing somewhat this year, as “most” of the game’s after-launch content will be available on all systems simultaneously as part of developer Infinity Ward’s intention to keep the playerbase connected. This is especially important now, apparently, because Modern Warfare supports cross-play between competing consoles and PC.
Here is Activision’s full statement on its partnership with Sony for Call of Duty content:
“Call of Duty is excited to continue its partnership with PlayStation, including last weekend’s PS4 debut of the Modern Warfare Open Beta as well as the recent PS4 exclusive 2v2 Alpha. But the best is yet to come. For the very first time in our partnership with PlayStation, PS4 players will have an exciting Day 1 advantage. More details on how Call of Duty will continue to support PlayStation as the best place to play Modern Warfare will be rolled out soon.”
Activision will test the cross-play functionality with the next Modern Warfare beta that begins this weekend. Modern Warfare launches on October 25 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Activision has confirmed that most of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s post-release content, including DLC maps, will be released on all platforms at the same time. That is a big deal for Call of Duty, as CharlieIntel reminds us, this will be the first time in more than a decade that neither PlayStation nor Xbox gets a head start on content releases.
In a statement, Activision said the developers have “worked to ensure that content will be released in a way that enables all players to continue to seamlessly play together.”
Activision said that “most” of Modern Warfare’s post-release DLC–which includes new maps, modes, and Spec-Ops missions–will “release simultaneously across all platforms.”
That’s all Activision had to say on the subject, but the company said it will share more details on Modern Warfare’s post-release DLC strategy in the weeks ahead.
In May, marketing material from Sony–not Activision–stated that new content for Modern Warfare would release first on PS4. The content was said to be exclusive to PS4 for seven days. This may still be true, as Activision said in its announcement this week that “PS4 players will have an exciting Day 1 advantage,” though this was not specified at all. Activision’s statement mentions that “most,” but not all of Modern Warfare’s post-release DLC will launch on all platforms together at the same time, which leaves some wiggle room to still put out some PlayStation-exclusive content.
In another huge change for Call of Duty, the game will support cross-play between competing systems. Activision will test the cross-play functionality with the next Modern Warfare beta that begins this weekend.
And in yet another massive update, Activision is releasing Modern Warfare’s DLC maps for free. This is also part of the company’s effort to keep the playerbase together, and it follows the free map DLC strategy already implemented in other major shooter series like Halo and Battlefield.
Call of Duty’s post-release DLC was initially released as a timed-exclusive for Xbox consoles before Sony swooped in and took it away. The companies pay Activision for the right to release content early on their systems to create a scenario where one platform or the other is seen as the place to play.
The new Modern Warfare launches on October 25 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
As described before Anthem’s release in February, BioWare planned for the game’s Acts to introduce new locations and features that roll out over time. The latest of these Acts culminated in the Cataclysm event that’s going on now. It’s coming to an end soon, and BioWare is now telling fans to expect seasonal updates in the future. BioWare’s Chad Robertson explained that BioWare is moving to this structure so that it can address some of the “core issues” people are experiencing.
“We hear your concerns on core issues in Anthem and are acting on it,” he said. “Those systems require a more thorough review and re-working versus quick fixes. We’ve got a team working on that now, and early results are promising. In order to address these long-range plans, we are moving away from the Acts structure for updates. Instead, we have additional seasonal updates planned for this year that we think players will enjoy.”
“These events will deliver challenges and chases similar to what you’ve seen, and are built around some fun themes we’re bringing to the game.”
Robertson said BioWare is making this disclosure as part of its effort to be more transparent and honest with fans about the work that’s required to “make Anthem better.”
“We also want to ensure we’re backing up our words with a great game you can play,” Robertson said. “So I don’t have any news today to share about the long-term changes we are bringing to Anthem. What I can say is that we will continue to engage with you, our community, through PTS when we can show you what is coming.”
Presumably in a bid to get more people playing it, EA added Anthem to the free game catalog on EA Access and Origin Access earlier this month. The game’s lead producer, Ben Irving, left the team in August. Upon his exit, he said he believed Anthem has a bright future ahead of it.
Google has announced a new Stadia bundle, now available at the G-Store, which will replace the previously announced and available Google Stadia Founders Edition.
Google confirmed to IGN that, as of today, September 18, the Stadia Founders Edition, which included the exclusive Night Blue Stadia controller, is now largely sold out. It is available in very limited supply in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the U.K., but is otherwise completely sold out in Europe.