PS4's Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Players Get A "Day One Advantage"

Activision wants PS4 to be seen as the "best place" to play Modern Warfare.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare makes a significant change to how its post-launch DLC is released. Most of it will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC at the same time, and that includes new maps, which have historically been released on either Xbox or (more recently) PlayStation platforms first. However, while this will no longer be true of new maps, Sony's exclusivity deal with CoD publisher 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. It's unclear if this advantage will eventually come to the Xbox One and PC versions.

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.

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The games value to me without survival is easily half, who knows when survival mode comes out they may have a remastered version for the new consoles.

I'm hoping this cross platform play continues, as long as game developers don't drop their pants with distributors to one up each other at our expense they will end up selling more games.

It really does look like they put a lot into this game, how they left out survival mode for the rest of us is heartbreaking!!!!!!!!!

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I love they call it a Day One Advantage, it should say Day One Full Game Advantage

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I think there is a lot of competition in this space now and doesn't have the same appeal any more.

Hate Epic or not, they have continued to invest in developing their business, compared to paying a repellent munchkin CEO far too much in bonuses whilst milking the cash cow dry

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Will not buy COD. But now I will purchase Destiny 2. See Activision? I’ll dwell in the lands you don’t inherit.

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Pretty sure it'll be 24 hrs of double xp.

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Telling us the best place to play a FPS game is a console. L.M.A.O.

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@Wraith3: Wait....you think playing a MP FPS should be done on a PC....

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@sealionact:If you want to control it properly yes. FPS games were designed for mouse and keyboard.

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@Wraith3: That falls under parity. If I want to lie back in my big old leather chair in front of my TV, connect my PC to it and use a joypad...I can. However, I'd get my butt kicked from those on kB/m. So I'm kinda forced to use kB/m on PC, which means I need a desk or equivalent and i end up staying upstairs and playing on the much smaller monitor.

At least with console, I know that a good player is just that....not a hacker, and opponents have the same peripheral as me.

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@sealionact: I agree with the hacking part. However I've played FPS MP games since around 97 and I can probably count on both hands the amount of actual hackers I've encountered.

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@Wraith3: Thing is, I'm no better than above average online....but when a player is a top level wrecker everybody suspects it's hacking involved, including me. There's countless yt clips of high level players getting kicked because the anti cheat system got it wrong.

I only saw hacks when they were blatent, no idea how many I missed....so I end up suspecting cheating whenever I get headshot from halfway across the map by a good player, and that spoils the fun for me.

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@sealionact: Oh yeah. The only pro player I played against was Xfactor (XfactorGaming) on Battlefield 3 years ago and the minute I thought "Oh sh*t it's ***" he headshot me. lol I also consider myself above average, but damn. I however liked trolling the people who always yell cheater and would play engineer, lay mines down, wait for a tank to go by, and then shoot them with a .44 and it would say their tank was killed with the .44 and they would rage.

The most blatant cheat I ever saw was on Battlefield 3's Metro map where a guy started killing people with air-to-air missiles.

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Paying a company to hold back content from other platforms isn't a partnership. It's stupidity. The best platform to play the game on is the one that the game performs best on. Clearly that will not be the PS4 so they have to use alternate methods like giving PS4 owners extra content or boosts to give the appearance that it's the best platform to play it on. So ridiculous. I didn't buy a PS4 so that my friends could miss out on content. PS4 owners aren't getting more in these deals. Everyone else is just getting an incomplete game. It can't be an actual advantage over other players in a cross-platform, competitive game. That is even too stupid for Activision to do. At least I hope it is. Giving PS4 owners an advantage over other players would enrage the entire community. I can't see even Activision doing something so low.

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@bdrtfm: As for the enrage argument, the community of whinny gamers- is ALWAYS enraged about something, anything, or nothing. They also have the memory of a goldfish; really, how many potential platform owners will embargo the game because of an unknown one day advantage when COD MW comes out, of something they do not even know yet. I love COD - but even i know the knuckle dragging FPS gamers are not the most high-minded, nor will take time from protesting equal rights for women (LOL) to stop from tea bagging, rage quitting, or screaming racial slurs over their headsets on launch day.

It is most always a business decision. Let's look at the just the numbers.

Platform A has 100 million install base

Platform B 44+ million IB

Platform C much less IB

Publishers collect money from many investors, give the money to developers (who dare not risk their own money) and then make the game, Publishers then distribute the game around the world, and of course Platforms are the gate keepers. Licensing fees on platforms are never published and can be anywhere from as high as 40% to as low as 15% but most often around 23-27%.

To get and keep the highest tie-in ratio (software to hardware), it is in the best interest of the platform to offer the lowest licensing fees possible while still making the highest profit possible. This is still a razor n blade industry after all. So with a 100 million install base, platform A has a stronger advantage then the others in offering a lower licensing fees. And as a Publisher the lower the licensing fee the more money you make selling to the largest pool of possible consumers. "we will give you a percentage point or two for a one day content boost", alot of money for so little.

Okay so lets assume the worst place to play your game is on platform A- now go to Activision and make your case as to why they should make much less money, much less consumer branding, over something something as trivial as say, "a map or outfit, that may not be available to the other platforms for a single day"- guessing. Explain to investors how making more money is 'stupid'. The larger buying block, holds an advantage.

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@jenovaschilld: Well I guess we all know it's not just a map or skin, no survival mode for a whole year.

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@jenovaschilld: A free map or outfit is not a day 1 advantage. They already inferred it won't be a map because that would mess up the whole crossplatform crap they are trying to avoid. And they wouldn't call a stupid skin an advantage for PS4 players. Sony and Activision have an agreement to provide a major incentive to PS4 players. Getting maps early was a huge incentive. That is now gone. A weapon skin won't replace it. It has to be something fairly big.

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@bdrtfm: but yet, you do not know it, I do not, nether does the journalist here. and it is for one day. So WHAT, what could really be so detrimental .... to life, love, happiness and civilization .. that a one day delay will end all life as we know it.

Unless they give the cure for Autism, wait that's a slow disease,... the cure for the common cold. no wait that's a 3 day ailment. hmmm - Unless they give .. ah the entire first season of the show 24 - on bluray so that PS4 owners could then binge watch it before Xbox owners. Yeah .. shit now im ENRAGED !!

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@jenovaschilld: Where does it say it's only for one day? It does not say that. It says they will have an advantage on day one. One would assume that means that's when it starts. It doesn't say they will have an advantage for one day. It says on day one. Again, it's replacing a 1-2 year advantage of early maps. A bonus that lasts only for the first day of release is not going to cut it. If it's something minor like a 24 hour XP boost then they are seriously over selling the advantage because a one day XP boost would not make PS4 the best place to play. Some games have an XP boost just for pre-ordering. It has to be something much bigger than a one day boost. Maybe they will get a better killstreak reward or get a killstreak reward with fewer kills or some such thing. But it will have to be something pretty decent and last more than 24 hours for Sony to be able to say PS4 is the best place to play it.

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@bdrtfm: I'll tell you what, I am gonna book mark this forum, your name, and page article. There done. I'll come back here ONE WEEK after the game launches, and we will see just how detrimental or life changing this day one advantage is . Was it worth the article above. Then lets come back 2 months and finally a year later. If the advantage was this bad enough to shake your fists at the heaven's - then ill stand beside you and yell just as loud. If not, we both play My Little Pony: Tails of Equestria RPG - now there is something to be ENRAGED about.

Oh and SONY is not the best place to play COD - its just one of many different platforms. Each is subjective.

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"Activision wants PS4 to be seen as the "best place" to play Modern Warfare." ... this is laughable! X box one X and PC out perform the PS4, therefore the best experience isn't on a ps4.

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Don't pre-order it so maybe they will ditch these pathetic cancerous schemes.

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@off3nc3: Really, i mean really, .... an unknown advantage (possibly a outfit, or map, or extra mode) for one single day is a cancerous scheme??? Are you really that enraged ??? your little heart so sad.

I do not believe in pre-ordering, but honestly how many FPS gamers will remember any of this 2nd day after launch or will not rush out to buy the game at launch. ...pathetic cancerous schemes...., ah white privileged out rage at its finest.

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Even though I own an PS4, I also own an Xbone X and multiple PCs I will play on any one of them and not just choose one.

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@lonewolf1044: You're going to buy it on all platforms?

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Considering the game is cross play with other platforms, it seems highly unfair to give one platform any sort of advantage over the other.

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What about Day 2?lol

Dont think any PS player is going to preorder the game now since they heard this news!
Those who wanted to buy the game anyways,will buy it for the plattform their friends play aswell.
Was watching AJ playing the Beta on the PS4...he wasnt very excited as it seemed almost nothing changed from last title

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@sladakrobot: The changes from one title to the next are usually pretty minimal. I remember when they spent weeks talking about bouncing shoelaces. People get angry when the games are too similar or steal assets from previous games but at the same time, get angry if there is too huge a difference in the next game. Like getting angry when the games become way too futuristic compared to the last one. You can't please everybody.

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Exclusivity should be extinct from the world. It's bad for everybody.

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@WarFox89: Actually Exclusivity in video games is a very good thing for consumers, the industry, and developers. It's why Super Mario, Halo, Spyro, and WoW - keep developers lights on, competition among publishers, and innovation within platforms. Or else we would have a homogeneous single console, with very high prices because there is no competition to keep prices low.

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@jenovaschilld: Exclusive GAMES, you tool. Exclusive content is a different story.

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@WarFox89: It's not bad for the industry, that's why they keep doing it.

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if they are changing the story how is this even modern warfare seem's to me they are just using the modern warfare name to bring in nostalgia players for cash.

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@dragoonmike: That what they are doing and they getting paid to say this.

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So even after the devs just stated that there won't be any exclusivity deals, they make an exclusivity deal straight after.

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So its now day 1 advantage for console exclusivity eh? What next? Know where your opponents are? See through walls? Certain powerful weapons onli available to a single platform? Talk about fairplay

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Parasites. These exclusivity deals are cancer and they know it.

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@JohnCrichton: lol ... really? Oh the outrage, oh the white privileged outrage. Cancer ! I say! - too funny.

That one day access to an outfit, load out option, character hair color, for 24 hrs ... oh the outrage.

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@jenovaschilld: LOL you dumba$s. You can't formulate an intelligent response so you resort to a tired, racist comment. Pathetic fool.

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@parabol69: @JohnCrichton: nothing to do with race, but the strange un-explainable phenomenon of well cared for Caucasian man-child males, well cared for and living in their moms basement, that are outraged by the little-lest of things that other people around the world can only respond to their belief of self victimization .. with a very long and somber eye -roll.

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@jenovaschilld: lol ... really? Oh the incense, the ignorant, race baiting incense! "White privilege" I say! - too funny.

That argument that had nothing to do with race, but was an expression of annoyance at inflammatory business practices... oh the incense.

You see how idiotic your comment is? Let's ignore the facts that a) you assumed you knew my race, and b) "white privilege" has absolutely nothing to do with this, unless you think only white people can or do express annoyance over moronic decisions that are generally agreed by the gaming community at large to be detrimental. Do you not understand the concept of differentiation of expression, or colloquial speech?

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@jenovaschilld: Your comments are beyond ignorant and have no basis in fact. By the way, I own a PS4, so your comments about me not getting something before someone else aren't even accurate. However, somebody pays $60 for a game at launch, it is wrong for them to receive less than someone who pays the same $60 at launch on a different console. Same price, less complete package. Now, go troll somewhere else with your fictional, irrelevant "white privilege" trash. That stuff doesn't belong here.

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Just makes me want to skip this game if there's going to be cross platform play and 1 platform gets advantages over another.

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@drnknnmd: Nah, I'll still play on my XB1X over my PS4.

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