IW responds to Modern Warfare 2 server snafu

Written by Joe Martin

October 21, 2009 | 12:21

Tags: #bowling #dedicated-servers #fourtwozero #iwnet #modern-warfare-2

Companies: #activision #activision-blizzard #infinity-ward

Infinity Ward has responded to fans who have begun petitioning the developer in protest against the new IWNet matchmaking system announced for Modern Warfare 2, which removes support for clan matches and dedicated servers.

Infinity Ward's comments come in a confusingly aggressive article that stand firmly alongside the developer; "This may shock some gamers with advanced persecution complexes -- this move was not made to tweak the noses of the PC community," writes GI's Adam Biessener.

An online petition against Infinity Ward's lack of support for dedicated servers and the roll out of IWNet has gathered more than 100,000 signatures since the system was first announced on Monday.

"We're just prioritizing the player experience above the modders and the tuners," said Infinity Ward's Jason West, who says the team got a huge amount of feedback from players who said they couldn't find good servers to play the original Modern Warfare on because of modders, skill disparities and cheaters.

"We thought maybe it would be cool if the fans could play the game," laughed West.

Infinity Ward stands by the idea that IWNet will offer the best experience for the majority of gamers and says that this, not piracy fears, were the main reason for the changes.

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