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Activision and Joe Cecot Have Finally Learned Their Lesson

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*inhales hopium*

Hold up! Don’t like reading? Watch instead…

If you haven’t heard, the Modern Warfare 2 beta has now become the largest in Call of Duty’s history. And while that’s not saying much — we’re in an FPS drought, economies are shit, and more people are at home — you can’t deny the significance of this moment for Infinity Ward, Activision, and the CoD Community.

For those of you who’ve been wanting Joe Cecot’s head on a plate since he started violating our dear old franchise in 2019, you might be in luck. Because this is big.

Modern Warfare 2 cauterizes the development chaos that represented the end of a CoD era where the last two titles — Vanguard and Black Ops Cold War — each felt rushed and phoned in. Probably due to the pandemic.

Modern Warfare 2 also signals the beginning of a brand new generation for Call of Duty — one where we won’t be receiving yearly entries.

The stakes are high and Activision, Infinity Ward, and the rest of them know it. They’re pouring in an insane amount of resources to kick off their new path forward and are hitting every conventional competitive shooter trope along the way.

They’re giving us:

Warzone for Battle Royale.

A brand new DMZ mode that’s supposed to rival Escape from Tarkov’s Extraction.

And of course, Modern Warfare 2’s complete multiplayer suite for big battles, bomb plants, hostage rescues, searches and destroys, and all manner of deathmatches.

It’s a lot. It’s ambitious. And for some reason, Joe Cecot’s Twitter account was scrubbed.

This is a brand new chapter for Activision, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer, and the gang and maybe his Twitter enema is just going along with the spirit of things.

Or maybe it means something more.

If you missed it, during the beta, Infinity Ward directly acknowledged the lobby disbanding problem. They went even further by promising to make tweaks to the system which would increase the chances of us getting in some good old-fashioned rematches.

Not to be overlooked as well, is a reliable rumor from Warzone 2 leaker Metaaphor that indicated Raven Software was also taking fan feedback to heart. If the rumors are true, then Warzone 2 is going to see the return of loadouts, perks, and maybe the old looting system.

I don’t know about you, but actively managing your inventory in a battle royale is PUBG territory — it’s outdated.

So what it looks like we have here are two big developers a couple of months out from their launches seemingly ceding ground to the CoD community’s feedback. When traditionally the attitude towards us has been, “Fuck you, we know you’re going to buy anyways.”

Maybe Joe Cecot’s Twitter wipe signified the turning over of a new leaf. One where the almighty Gods at Activision finally start taking fan feedback seriously as they see giant AAA developers and publishers faceplant during an inevitable global recession.

Or how else would you explain the humblings at…

Ubisoft — returning Assassin’s Creed to its classic gameplay,

343 Industries — canning its CEO after her Halo Infinite content strategy fumble,

Square Enix — selling off its mismanaged Western IPs,

Ubisoft again — canceling Ghost Recon Frontline,

Google — shutting down Stadia,

and the list goes on… 

Hopefully, Activision has learned that itself and its peers are not too big to fail.

And hopefully, you keep the pressure on these companies by refusing to pre-order and restricting your dollars if they keep churning out AAA bloatware.

Keep up the good fight and as always, stay cool, gentlemen.

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