Even after being leaked a few minutes before the September 24 State of Play stream, the story trailer for "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" was still well-received. However, reports point out that what came shortly after is causing an uproar among fans. The short segment of footage after the main trailer confirmed that the Survival Mode setting under the Special Ops game option will be a time-exclusive for the PlayStation 4. Moreover, it will apparently stay for a year before it becomes available for other platforms.
Sources confirm that this decision obviously did not sit well with gamers on PC and Xbox. Prior to the big reveal, long-time fans of the combat shooter franchise were already speculating about what the reboot will offer. Others were supposedly hoping that all features and add-ons will be on equal footing across all systems.
Unfortunately, Sony and Activision had other plans, which is locking out some players from enjoying the full experience for a period of time.
"Everyone gets campaign, multiplayer, and Spec Ops," says a representative from the publisher, as reported by GameSpot. The developer assures players that only the Survival Mode gameplay will be inaccessible for those on Xbox and PC. A closer look at the small text during the "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" trailer likewise establishes that this exclusivity will end on October 1, 2020.
Meanwhile, there are talks that Survival Mode could possibly tie into the story, which is probably why the exclusivity is getting such a bad rap among players. The developers have yet to reveal more or confirm if these rumours are indeed accurate.
In parallel to this ongoing issue, Activision and Sony previously inked a similar deal with the Destiny franchise. However, after Bungie took full-control over the IP, platform-exclusive content and items are all but gone.
Starting with "Destiny 2: Shadowkeep", players will be able to cross-save their progress and pick up where they left off on other systems. Furthermore, all in-game items, game modes and future DLC will be the same across the board.
ComicBook suspects that all these platform-exclusive content deals are an agreement between Sony and Activision to give the PS4 a leg up the competition. "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" is slated to release next month for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.