The first of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's two Beta Test Weekends started yesterday, yet already players aren't happy with a noticeable change from past games. This is due to the current beta effectively not including a mini-map. In the wake of that discovery, developers at Infinity Ward have come forward to discuss the change.
The mini-map has long been a key feature for Call of Duty players, a pivotal tool that has enabled them to be mindful of their surroundings, their teammates, and their enemies while maintaining the high speed of action that the series is known for. That's why people are less than pleased with the fact that, in the beta for Modern Warfare, the closest thing they have to a mini-map is a two-killstreak reward called "Personal Radar."
The feedback on the matter led Infinity Ward communications manager Ashton Williams to address it on Reddit. "We hear you loud and clear. Along with your feedback and the data we're continuously collecting, we'll be experimenting internally with a few different options and will keep you updated if we make any changes that you might see during the Beta."
Williams went on by stressing that "this is an ongoing conversation with all of you," so while that doesn’t necessarily mean the regular mini-map will be brought back for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, it does suggest Infinity Ward may be seriously willing to listen to the players if they make enough noise.
The mini-map is just one of the current issues the studio is looking into as the result of beta feedback. According to Williams, Infinity Ward is investigating problems players have been having with the game’s matchmaking and account syncing systems, as well as various graphical bugs, including one causing players to see their level rise above the current cap of 10. In addition, Infinity Ward is welcoming feedback on improving the spawn system and the volume of in-game footsteps.
The current Beta Test Weekend is exclusive to PlayStation 4 owners who pre-ordered Modern Warfare, but will it be open to all PS4 owners from September 14 to September 16. Next week’s Beta Test Weekend will run from September 19 to September 23 on all platforms, though on PC and Xbox One the first two days will be exclusive to pre-order holders.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will release on October 25 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.