Modern Warfare Maker Say It Can’t Fix Rampant Hacking On PS3

Modern Warfare Maker Say It Can’t Fix Rampant Hacking On PS3

That Call of Duty games are routinely exploited by cheaters and hackers, regardless of platform, is nothing new. But players of the PS3 version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 say the situation is worse than its ever been.

“This issue is really out of hand,” writes a member of the Infinity Ward forums, complaining to the developer of Modern Warfare 2 that hacks on the PlayStation 3 are more prevalent than ever, leading to players losing rank and being subjected to vulgar messages from others. Others say that its harder than ever to find a game that’s not being subjected to hacking.

Infinity Ward’s creative strategist Robert Bowling took to the game’s official forums to address user concerns, saying that the issue is partially due to a recent compromise of the PlayStation 3’s security.

“Sony has recently acknowledged a breach in security on the PS3 which resulted in games to become exposed to exploits and hacks. Modern Warfare 2 is no exception to this security exploit and we understand that some of you have experienced problems with stats and other issues associated with this.

Report Inappropriate Players to Sony

Games rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they’re played on, therefore; updates to the game through patches will not resolve this problem, unless the security exploit itself is resolved on the platform. Regretfully, Call of Duty games are receiving the bulk of the hacker’s attention, due to its high player counts and popularity. However, the number of legitimate players severely outweighs the bad apples.

If you are concerned about playing with players who are hacking, I encourage you to play exclusively with friends by utilizing the party or private match options in Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty 4 to avoid such players as much as possible until this issue is resolved by Sony.

At this time, we do not have the ability to restore or adjust individual stats.

Let me assure you, while we are very reliant on Sony updating their firmware and security to address the core problem of this issue. We are looking at EVERY option available to us to help any user affected.

This only applies to legacy games such as Call of Duty 4 and Modern Warfare 2. In the future we plan to adjust our approach to not rely solely on platform security and reduce the ability for this to happen in our games, as has already been displayed by the work Treyarch has done on Call of Duty: Black Ops to prevent similar measures.

Hacking on PlayStation 3 [Infinity Ward Forums via VG247]


  • So they’re saying that this is qualitatively different to anything that happened prior to USB jailbreak devices?

    Or is it a way to avoid saying that they don’t want to put effort into a year old game when they’re working on a followup game?

      • That’s what I thought! Hi-five!
        I’d say it’s pretty hard to fix things about the game you created when you no longer work the same company

      • That also sounds like a cop-out. If Black Ops is not having these problems, then they have been addressed already: it is just a matter of back porting those fixes to the older game.

        Again, this would require someone to actually do the work and won’t necessarily bring in much extra money. So it probably makes more sense economically to focus on new games.

  • As if Black Ops won’t get hacked too. COD is just a breeding ground for douchebags. That’s the reason this stuff happens. Any game can be hacked, but the games that get hacked are usually the ones that attract all the tards without jobs. The people that recline on the couch and play all day, who live off food stamps, good will and the lure of a good teabag.

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