Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package has rocky launch

Xbox Live-exclusive debut of popular shooter's first map pack beset by matchmaking issues, map problems; Microsoft, Infinity Ward claim fix is in.

Gamers who downloaded the $15 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package this morning were in for a nasty shock. According to numerous user reports, when the map pack to Activision's billion-dollar game launched this morning on Xbox Live, the maps would not actually load, and matchmaking was largely nonfunctional.

The problem was then confirmed by none other than Xbox Live programming director Larry Hryb--better known as Major Nelson--on his Twitter feed. "Matchmaking is in a bad state on Xbox LIVE right now. We're working on it and will resolve it as quickly as we can," he said about 10:30 a.m. PDT. Microsoft sent out a patch intended to fix the issues shortly thereafter, when chief Infinity Ward spokesperson Robert Bowling claimed the map pack was functioning.

Much like a pool with no water, the Stimulus Package was of little use to many gamers during the day.

Bowling's confidence was misguided, however, as matchmaking issues persisted throughout the day. About 12:40 p.m. PDT, Hryb twittered that, "Matchmaking across #XboxLIVE is fixed! You may still have trouble purchasing and we'll let u know ASAP when fixed." Bowling also reported that stability was increasing, posting a picture of the rising number of connections on a monitor.

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Package is set to launch on the PlayStation 3 and PC later this spring.

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im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@comb5 You wrote originally toward the end of your comment "And I hope that all the PS3 users realize that there will be problems just like this when these maps launch for PS3. That's not a diss on the system, it's just the sheer amount of people that will be getting this on PS3 is no different than 360." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What you said before this made sense a bit, but I guess what I was trying to say about this part of your comment was that it WAS a coding problem, not "sheer amount of people downloading......" And NO, the number of people playing this game on 360 trumps the PS3 by a large number. Could it happen? Yes. But what-ifs can go on forever! I don't own a ps3 I was just stating that it was kind of weird to try and shift the negativity of this article by saying that it will most likely happen to the ps3. I was far from offended since I don't own a PS3. It sounded like this to me...."Yea the 360 red rings but wait for the ps3! It's going to happen just as much if not more!" Which I have read ad-nauseum when the 360 was released and the ps3 wasn't even out yet. A statement that was proven wrong. Either way I don't mean to sound negative towards you. I kind of read it a little to harshly looking back on the whole thing.

comb5
comb5

@im-a-roustabout It could happen to the PS3 launch. There is no knowing if it will or won't. Don't act like I'm talking a bunch of crap on the PS3 when I'm not. I say that because you sound very offended in your rant of a response. Is it really that unusual to think that just maybe the launch of a DLC for a game that millions of people play might have some hiccups?

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@comb5 Does it matter if it's the least important part of your comment? Next time why don't you make a big fat disclaimer telling people that what you're about to type, is the least important part of your comment? Why bother writing it at all then? ANYWAYS! I'm very glad you see now that it was a coding problem and not that it was so many people downloading it, but now you try and say "whose to say that won't happen to ps3" is just dumb. Why even bring the ps3 into this? BOTH times now you strangely bring the Ps3 into your argument. Why not comment on how the developers screwed up, or MS screwed up, or your heads not screwed on correctly?? Instead of wagging fingers at a party that wasn't even involved in the article in the first place? *sigh*

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@rerout343 Sorry it took so long to reply, been away on business. A couple of my friends work for this little company I have never heard of called Rockstar that make some small game I never heard of called Grand Theft Auto. And when I asked them how hard is it to make maps they agreed.......if you already have the game and the engine and the graphics, theres not that much to add! especially with 2 re-makes and 3 new ones.....I still have to ask the question, WTH took so damn long?

PersonaIV
PersonaIV

does the package includes new weapons?

Daman92
Daman92

i love cod and like mw2 but these companies are greedy bastards, upping the price on a popular game and now making overpriced DLC, ill just steal from a stupid friend of mine.

crxhf
crxhf

McLarty Posted Apr 2, 2010 3:50 am PT I was really excited one my way home from college on the 30th as I was looking forward to playing the map pack. However I was rather emabarrised when it was not working. I remember thinking to myself when GTA4 came out, that there would be a problem with it, never happened. Then, after a year one. Another 360 title came out, and my nightmate came true. (The Map pack was never fully rendored for the 360 format) Though, I do agree that $5 (£2.50) a map is rather pricey. It is well worth using my FAL CAMO WA2000 in overgrown. ........ The maps however, I do enjoy them, especialy storm lol

dtofcrookedu
dtofcrookedu

Since we PS3ers have to wait these issues better be fixed before we get it!

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

I don't know... I don't think I'll ever understand the appeal of "map packs." I've been playing FPS titles on the PC for years, and most of the titles I've played had active communities with players who developed their own maps for the game, and they were distributed to the rest of the community for free. Usually the quality was on par with many of the official maps also. I just think it's a sham that you have to pay for new maps. It borders on Activision asking for a $15 donation of money; there's just so little value and content being given back.

UnreaLuigi
UnreaLuigi

a word from the wise to activision: look at BFBC2 DLC and come back to us when you see the problem

UnreaLuigi
UnreaLuigi

this is what happens when a game is so overblown with success that the price for such a small DLC skyrocketed to the moon just to pay for the advertising to sell the thing.. I mean who of the 14 million buyers won't know about this thing? thanx activision.. imma go sue you now like infinity ward did to you already

arivaltobeknown
arivaltobeknown

@Timesplitt of course u...use ur head to know whats to much and to tell you the truth i dont think 15 bucks is worth complaining about you are getting 5 maps but say if it were 25 bucks then yes any smart person would stay away from it

Timesplitt
Timesplitt

@arivaltobeknown nice sheep attitude. activision: hey he's willing to buy it, lets raise the price MORE and see, and more and more. then the gaming world collapses

arivaltobeknown
arivaltobeknown

lets do a survey... I bet all the people complaining are the ones whos source of income is from their parents salary. And get less than 20 dollars on allowance. Dam I just need to work one hour and I can afford 5 maps and an avatar. Aint that something

jogunther
jogunther

Lol hopefully it will be out on PS3 by the time they fix the glitches. It looks like Microsoft's money is a great way to beta the map pack.

super_newber
super_newber

Lots of consumer money, rich CEO's, Stimulus, anybody else having deja vu?

Moroes
Moroes

@0Aragorn0: Activision knows that almost every regular Modern Warfare 2 player (millions upon millions of people) will be purchasing this map pack. Hell, they could have charged 90 dollars for 5 maps and people would still be buying it. No one believes it, but with money grubbing behavior like this their customer satisfaction and game quality is going to drop and they will go bankrupt. I wish too see the day that they do go bankrupt, but sadly it takes years of being a greedy tool to bring down a multi-billion dollar corporation.

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

Can Activision get the damn $ out of their eyes and make something that doesn't glitch? When people are paying $15 for small dlc it better be working day 1. But when you're trying to fix all the glitches in the actual game no wonder it's hard to find time to fix the other glitches.

Venom_injektion
Venom_injektion

Haha... Seems as though Infinity Ward's BIGGEST entertainment launch EVER is just... One big case of BAD luck. I might have thought of purchasing the "stimulus package" if it were say... $5!!! Actually I still wouldn't until it was confirmed they fixed everything else that's wrong with modern glitch/hacker fair 2.

Barighm
Barighm

@gott1rott And some people work for a living and consider $15 to be pocket change. Seriously, I'm surprised anyone is shocked at the price. Tens of millions of sales, INSANE

freema
freema

@ McLarty Way to fail at life, buddy :( .

1penance1
1penance1

I was okay with iw and activision up until i read this. First they delay it on the ps3 and now it doesnt work and its $15. Im serious, if something else comes up, im not gettin the dlc. BFBC2 is wayyyy better than this, and the dlc is free! Trust me people, get Bad company 2.

lawsond
lawsond

McLarty...you go to college? Please let everyone know which college so we can make sure to avoid it.

McLarty
McLarty

I was really excited one my way home from college on the 30th as I was looking forward to playing the map pack. However I was rather emabarrised when it was not working. I remember thinking to myself when GTA4 came out, that there would be a problem with it, never happened. Then, after a year one. Another 360 title came out, and my nightmate came true. (The Map pack was never fully rendored for the 360 format) Though, I do agree that $5 (£2.50) a map is rather pricey. It is well worth using my FAL CAMO WA2000 in overgrown. :)........ The maps however, I do enjoy them, especialy storm:)

Helloiseeu
Helloiseeu

@Timesplitt No, there are 5 maps regardless in their reused. Like I said before, COD6 is different from COD4 so even if the maps are old they're maps and playing them in COD4 would be different from playing in COD6. so it's 3 dollars per map.

Migitman45
Migitman45

Im about sick of the COD Series and Activision

GBPackersrule
GBPackersrule

Bend over... here comes the stimulus "package".

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

$15 for 3 maps WTF. sad day for gaming. sad day indeed.

RedSoxfan67
RedSoxfan67

Would you rather buy the vip code for 1200 points for BFBC2 if you didn't buy the limited edition and get free maps for that game when released or would you rather buy 3 new maps and 2 recycled ones for mw2 for 1200 points and on day one, not be able to play those maps because the multiplayer is broken. BFBC2=Win!!!

Timesplitt
Timesplitt

@Helloiseeu BUT the map pack consists of only 3 new maps. making it technically 3 new maps and 2 rehashes equaling $5 per map :P

ninjutsuwarrior
ninjutsuwarrior

@ JPH85 Bet, I would love to see you make a Call of Duty map in less than a day. I 100% guarantee that it would be horrible, look horrible, and COD fans and players would take a crap all over it.

RobMayham
RobMayham

Sounds like most people have really taken a huge disliking to the map pack i cant really comment on the maps themselves but Activision have severally overpriced there dlc here when you compare it to other DLC you can download such as GTA lost and the Dammed which is a 10 hour game for 1600 points. If they had taken more time over this release they could of integrated more special ops missions, new weapons and attachments instead of rehashing old maps it may of actually been worth buying. I appreciate it takes time to design new maps on infinity wards behalf but Activision's need to learn how to treat there consumer with a bit of respect and less like a cut throat business. Maybe the lack of creative freedom has lead to this decline in quality it wouldnt be the first time this year Activision has got its own way. But who knows maybe it was a design choice made by the team so we cant just tilt the blame towards Activision we can just hope that infinity ward get it sorted.

Gamesmasterx
Gamesmasterx

Lol, a 5 year old could make a jungle on cryengine in 90 seconds, it's all automated.

frodo10
frodo10

an overpriced piece of crap, now an overpriced glitchy piece of crap

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

Wow, you got to feel sorry for the poor idiots who downloaded this day one, that's what they get for helping activision XD.

THE-ZOZ
THE-ZOZ

for 1200msp ,other than those five maps that comes with the pack , is there anything else comes with it like a new weapon or a kill streak or new challenges or even attachments !?

JPH85
JPH85

@cfischrun Wow you truly are an epic fail. Those maps can be created in less than a day. The engine is already there. I have seen someone creating a big jungle map on the crytek engine in 90 seconds. But the reason those maps take so long to be released is because of testing. They need to test for all sorts of bugs and they have to be balanced for all types in multiplayer. But creating the maps is extremely easy. Adding texture, collision is all with a click of a button. So yes, those maps are made for free because the tools already exist.

liljoe253
liljoe253

@ boricuasnake04 Actually i haven't bought it, im probably not going to buy it untill my will power gives up and i buy it. Just to let you know. And you can't really compare Mw2 and BBC2, both different type of shooters. One is a strongly team based one, one is halo style go nuts. Both of which are fun.

gott1rott
gott1rott

@helloiseeu I do get your point, but understand that is your opinion and not fact. By saying it doesnt matter, you also proved my earlier point in saying, they overcharge because they know people will pay blindly. Some people just have no self control and have to have the new stuff and some people are more concerned with bang for buck. I bet you'd even pay $20 for this dlc but thats ok because in the end, it is your money.

ninjutsuwarrior
ninjutsuwarrior

@ im-a-roustabout -What you are saying is pretty much akin to saying, "Once you have the idea for a novel then the rest is just messing around with a text editor to make it sound good." You forget that the artists have to model the objects on the map, texture the map, make sure there are no errors in the map's code/art errors, check for collision problems, debug, test, debug test ,test, etc. I'm not sure if you've ever tried to actually build a full scale 3D map, but it seems you are lacking in the general knowledge of the game design cycle, even for a part like map design. The time it takes to design a single map, then the actual content, then the QA, then passing it by the producer, it adds up to PLENTY of man hours and thus a high cost. So they come up with the best price to generate a profit. Ever think of the frustration that comes with Game Design? No, you probably think that Level Design is all ponies and rainbows and that the placement of those crates, the locations of the rooms, the sniper spots, etc are all just randomly thrown about. I can easily spend 3 or 4 hours on a simple 2D 300x300 map making everything perfect and considering every option that the player will make, every road that he will travel. Infinity Ward and Activision; Treyarch, whoever; they take time and effort to make these games and you may as well support their decision to price their maps slightly higher than you'd like.

DFen
DFen

well cant compare mw2 and bbc2 cus they both have there own thing going for them both fun games, want more arcade shooting get mw2, tired of campers ???? well just play bbc2, as for map packs $15 is a rip off but hey if u got the money for it then buy it

MetalMan300
MetalMan300

@GBPackersrule Yeah I know... it just frustrates how people can blindly whine about something without taking all the factors into consideration first. I know people have good reason to hate Activision, but I don't think they should just let that get in the way of the other factors as well when it comes to DLC.. I knew people would hate my comment, but I had to give it a go. Sad thing is, I don't even care for MW2, I'm just tired of all the whining on here lol.

Helloiseeu
Helloiseeu

@gott1rott you still don't get the point. it doesn't matter whether the maps are old, they're fun and are funner for mw2. it doesn't matter whether they need to test it or what not. the point is the maps are in the game and they are sick. thats all that matters

Markie75
Markie75

Was VERY disapointed with the Pack..Took forever to download then it kept kicking me out every room due to network or Bug problems.. Then i find out i can only play 2 playlists that are completely random...(Stimulus or Hardcore) Played for an hour then went back on the normal ones... You can keep your Double Exp Points if i only have those 2 playlists to choose from! 1200MP wasted...Wish i had got Trials HD instead :(

Blu-Fan-Boy
Blu-Fan-Boy

Modern Warfare 2 maps = DLC all time RIP off!!! Battlefield BC2 ftw!!!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Single Player = DONE! Spec Ops = DONE! Multiplayer = Could'nt care less!