Call of Duty: Elite members haven’t exactly had the most wonderful experience with the service, a notion that was made even worse when subscribers found that the first piece of Modern Warfare 3 DLC was locked to one profile. Thankfully, Infinity Ward has promised that a fix is on the way.
Normally, when DLC is purchased on the Xbox 360 and PS3, it can be used by more than one profile. However, those who received the new Modern Warfare 3 maps earlier this week found that the DLC was locked to one profile.
Infinity Ward’s Creative Strategist Robert Bowling sent a statement to Joystiq yesterday, stating that this was unintentional and that they are currently working on resolving the issue.
“We understand that ELITE Premium Members on Xbox Live who purchased the latest DLC Content Drop for Modern Warfare 3 are unable to access that content while signed into other profiles on the same console that originally downloaded the content. This is unintentional and we will work to get an update out as soon as possible that corrects this issue and allows you to continue to enjoy the new maps.”
Once news of the profile restrictions dropped, many people started to chime in that this was intentional, solely for the reason “because Activision.” While many people have it in their heads that Call of Duty is the result of a money-hungry publisher – are we really going to be believe that Activision meant to do this when the Xbox Market Place even stated that the content could be used on multiple profiles? That’s borderline fraud – and as greedy as some people might like to think Activision is, it’s hard to imagine they’d risk that kind of backlash.
Still, it’s good to see that Infinity Ward is working on a fix. This whole ordeal has no doubt caused confusion in many consumers who bought the DLC hoping to share it with other members in their household – not to mention those who use multiple gamer tags. Call of Duty seems to be one of the few franchises left that allows multiple people to play on a single console without having to purchase online passes; it would be unfortunate if Activision ruined that sense of accessibility by forcing people to buy the DLC multiple times.
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