Modern Warfare 2 gets two new multiplayer playlists. With these two playlists gamers can now play public matches without any killstreaks.
The Barebones Pro consists of FFA and TDM and the Objective Barbones Pro consists of Domination, Demolition, HQ Pro, and Capture the Flag.
Only Xbox Live users are facilitated with this update, but soon the PlayStation 3 and PC users will also get the updates alongside the Resurgence Package DLC that is coming on July 6th.
In Barbones Pro 4 to 8 players can play where as in the Objective Barbones it is up to twelve players. .
Play Team Deathmatch and Free-for-All. All Killstreak rewards are disabled.
*Xbox LIVE Party Chat allowed
Objective Barebones Pro:
Play Domination, Demolition, HQ Pro, and Capture the Flag. All Killstreaks rewards are disabled.
*Xbox LIVE Party Chat allowed.
Robert Bowling, the community manager of Infinity Ward, maintained optimistic tone while addressing the morale at the studio of MW2 after the dismissal of its two top executives and also a subsequent lawsuit against Activision.
Bowling said in an interview that it’s “business as usual” at the studio as the company prepares to release first batch of downloadable content for the game.
On the website Bowling said, “Right now morale is high, because we’re really excited to get this DLC out. Any time we’re just about to launch something out to the community, morale boosts up, because you’re excited to see what your players think of it, and to watch them get on there and see what tactics they come up with.”
The two top executives who were expelled were former Infinity Ward execs Jason West and Vince Zampella. The two sued Activision for breach of contract and are now seeking $36 million along with the rights to all Modern Warfare branded titles.
However, Activision calls this lawsuit as “meritless.”
The upcoming DLC is called Stimulus Package and Bowling defended its price tag to be $15.
He said, “I think from a content standpoint, anyone who is playing Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer and is dedicating a lot of hours to it is definitely going to get their money’s worth from this map pack.”
The DLC features 5 multiplayer maps that includes the two from 2007′s Call of Duty 4. By next week it will be available on Xbox 360.
Recently Activision released screenshots that shows the first downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2, which is due on March 30 on Xbox 360. The five new screens gives you a glance at the five new maps which will be available when the DLC arrives.
If we speak technically then there are only three new maps – Bailout, Storm and Salvage. The Crash and Overgrown maps mark a return from CoD4.
The ‘Stimulus Package’ of MW 2 will come at a price of 1200 Microsoft Points ($15) and it will be initially available for the Xbox360. The PS3 and PC editions will follow soon.
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There was an announcement made recently by Infinity Ward that they are coming up with downloadable content for Modern Warfare 2 by March 30. The promises are yet to come but the developer of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 countered it a day before by making announcement of launching the DLC of its product. Not only this, it will be launched on the same day and it is absolutely free for the VIP members.
The DLC of Battlefield: Bad Company 2 unlocks the Laguna Presa Rush and the Arica Harbor Conquest Modes as two separate maps with its respective game modes. The maps will be made available for Xbox 360 game and PS3 copy holders who had downloaded the VIP codes.
One question which comes to mind here that will the BBC2 DLC take on the superpower MW2? Not to forget, both the games are praised equally for individual multiplayer game modes.
The DLC of MW2 is referred as “mapathy”.
Let us check what DICE has written on its official blog:
“We’re dedicated to taking care of this product for a long time – helping you avoid “mapathy” without getting nickel-and-dimed.”
Well, the word “mapathy” could not be found anywhere on the Infinity Ward’s official site.
Microsoft made an interesting announcement in San Francisco while re-launching the X series of events for Xbox 360 home gaming platform. The software giant said that it is partnering up with Infinity Ward and also with Activision Blizzard to deliver Modern Warfare 2′s exclusive piece of downloadable content during spring.
However, the company refused quote any clear date. This means that the work is still ongoing on the DLC and any further details will be delivered in a few months.
It seems that Microsoft is having a long run strategy of securing and and also delivering exclusive DLC for high profile cross platform releases such as the Modern Warfare 2 and GTA IV.
The spring bouquet will probably be consisting new maps for the multiplayer component. This is in fact the most enduring element of the experience as time passes by. It may also be for a fresh game mode.
Gamers who have purchased MW2 on PS3 or on the PC may also be getting the exclusive content after a few months. The same happened earlier with The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony that were initially made exclusive to the Xbox 360, but now both are available cross platform.
Microsoft again wins the race. This time also in having exclusives as it is pretty strong weapon for it. This time in the war against competing platform holders.
We are well aware that Microsoft is not a stranger to the world when it comes to securing exclusive DLC rights for the Xbox 360. It has been well proved by the 2 extra Grand Theft Auto IV episodes.
Heading again in the race of exclusives, Microsoft now, though not to the same extent, has done it with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Let me quote words from CES, by way of Destructoid: “Any DLC for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be hitting the Xbox 360 before any other platform.”
The competitive fact of it may not be enough in swaying a gamer in trading teams all of a sudden. Practically speaking, especially after the logging countless number of hours into collecting perks. It is hence one more victory that Microsoft can notch on its bedpost.
Robert Bowling, the community manager at Infinity Ward, says that he and his team have plans to support Modern Warfare 2 heavily with post-launch support. He stated recently that there will be at least two map packs. In fact this was also announced at the E3. The two map packs will be for the Xbox 360.
Bowling also said that they have confirmed of at least two map packs and this does not mean that there won’t be more than two map packs. He mentioned further that Infinity Ward will be shaping the DLC based on the feedback of the community from the full game and also from the feedback of the first two DLC map packs. So, in fact the community will be determining what will come after the two map packs.
Activision is working hard to hype the title and it is also working hard to create a community around the game in order to sustain the game on the long term. Now it really seems that Activision will prove it to be one of the biggest video game launches of this fall.
Well, do keep reading and do keep commenting. Let us hope that Modern Warfare 2 sustain in a very long term.
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