In what seems to be a trend for highly anticipated new releases, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s launch has suffered from massive technical issues.
Users on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC seemed to be reporting a whole host of issues just hours after the game officially became available. Many Twitter accounts were reporting slow download times, random error codes, and that the game would cause their console to crash.
To further compound the issue, several gamers were reporting that they couldn’t access the single player campaign during the outage, leading to the belief that you needed to be online for that content as well. Fortunately, that isn’t the case, and this problem is easily fixed by simply clicking the “Go Offline” button. That being said, it’s an odd design choice to require the player to go offline during server outages in order to access offline content.
Infinity Ward was quick to offer an explanation for the technical difficulties, stating that the servers couldn’t handle the influx of players and that the issue would be resolved shortly. Currently, the servers seem to be back in working order.
We're actively investigating an issue where some players are unable to connect to Modern Warfare. Stay tuned for updates.— Activision Support (@ATVIAssist) October 25, 2019
These outages don’t come as a surprise—most multiplayer titles tend to have server issues at launch. In fact, Destiny 2’s recent Shadowkeep expansion experienced a similar fate when it launched earlier this month.
It’s a shame that these technical difficulties keep occurring on release day for hit titles. Developers and publishers need to do a better job at anticipating the heavy load their servers will bear during launch. Many players have been waiting years for a new Modern Warfare. The least Activision could do is prepare the servers so they can actually play it.
Massive thank you for your patience and apologies for the delay. Crazy traffic tonight, but servers are coming back online now, and everyone should be able to begin launching Modern Warfare.— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) October 25, 2019
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a reboot of the classic game that launched over a decade ago. It has garnered mostly positive reviews among critics, primarily for its robust multiplayer mode. The campaign is drawing mixed opinions, as its attempt to tackle the dark realities of war sometimes seem shoehorned into the story. Since the servers are now up, feel free to skip the campaign and jump back online.
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