Infinity Ward Points Finger At Activision For Modern Warfare 2 Pack Pricing

Set to hit the Xbox 360 next week, the downloadable Modern Warfare 2 Stimulus Pack brings with it five new maps and a just a touch more controversy to a studio recently embroiled in discord.

The founders of Activision owned Infinitiy Ward recently quit amid allegations of royalties being withheld by the publisher and the duo being insubordinate to their parent company.

But the internal upheaval and lawsuits haven't managed to impact the team still at Infinity Ward, Infinity Ward Community Manger Robert Bowling tells Kotaku.

"Not at all, our main focus as a team here at Infinity Ward is this pack," he said. "We want to focus on making the games we love."

Unfortunately, the Stimulus Pack has brought with it its own bit of controversy, with some claiming that the price tag is too steep for what is being delivered.

The $US15, five map, Stimulus Pack for Modern Warfare 2 hits the Xbox 360 next week on March 30 and the PS3 on April 30. The pack includes three new maps

"Bailout," a multi-level apartment complex; "Storm," an open industrial park littered with heavy machinery; "Salvage," a snowy junkyard fortified by stacked debris and crushed cars. It also includes two makes from the original Modern Warfare, "Crash," a war-torn urban environment; and "Overgrown," which features a massive dry creek bed.

While Bowling disagrees with those who say that the 328 MB map pack is over priced, he also pointed out to Kotaku that it is Activision, not Infinity Ward, that set the pack's price.

The maps, Bowling said, were designed in part to address some of the things gamers want or don't want in online matches.

For instance, some of the maps are designed to specifically keep players from hiding out in spots and sniping. The maps also are meant to bring new environments to the multiplayer aspects of the game.

I asked Bowling if the fact that two of the maps were brought over from the original Modern Warfare, meant that we might see more ports of those maps to Modern Warfare 2. It's not that simple, Bowling said.

"The two we included are some of the most played on Modern Warfare," he said. "They are also two that work really well in Modern Warfare 2, but just because one was a great map in Call of Duty 4 doesn't mean it will play well in Modern Warfare 2.

"Things like (Modern Warfare 2's) Marathon Perk could destroy the balance of a Call of Duty 4 map."

While the Stimulus pack is designed to reinvigorate the Modern Warfare 2 online community, Bowling was quick to point out that the game has never dropped off of the most played list for online titles.


Comments

    "While Bowling disagrees with those who say that the 328 MB map pack is over priced"

    says the man thats getting payed for it

    "The maps, Bowling said, were designed in part to address some of the things gamers want or don’t want in online matches."

    why pay for maps to not have the problems, when they should have been adressed before it came out. $15 to play the experience we wanted, yeah right.

    “The two we included are some of the most played on Modern Warfare,” he said. “They are also two that work really well in Modern Warfare 2, but just because one was a great map in Call of Duty 4 doesn’t mean it will play well in Modern Warfare 2."

    doesnt justify why we need to pay for 2 ports.

    I refuse to pay for map packs!
    On the pc maps were always free and could be downloaded at whim.

    Most of the time they were made by devoted fans and if popular enough, made it to your favorite servers.

    If you didn't have the maps, most games would download them before you started the match.

    EA with Bad company 2 has the right idea and releasing maps for free.
    Fair enough to charge people for cosmetic items & collectibles etc, which won't divide the user base.

    I had a horrible experience with World at war, which i purchased regrettably after they released a few map packs.
    I could not play the multiplayer without being kicked every 10-15 minutes for not having a map.

    BOLLOX!

    If modern warfare 2 gives me the same experience as WAW, then it will end up with the same fate and be traded for something else that won't ask me to bend over.

    The Overgrown map was the map that was constantly raining? I wouldn't class that as a massive 'dry' creek bed. You're thinking of the map called Creek. Overgrown just sucks ass. -_-

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