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Modern Warfare’s Spec Ops Survival Mode is Exclusive to PS4 for a Year, Developer Explains Why

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases next month with Captain Price’s glorious moustache in tow. It’ll be the first Call of Duty game to throw out the Season Pass. It’ll be the first that’ll let Xbox One and PS4 players play together online. It’ll also be remembered for its shitty exclusivity deal that will see a section of the game’s Spec Ops mode remain exclusive to PS4 for an entire year.

Modern Warfare will launch with a campaign, multiplayer suite, and Spec Ops. The latter is a variety of missions, with one being ‘Survival’ mode. So basically a horde mode where you’ll have to hold out for as long as you possibly can against increasingly difficult waves of enemies. Sounds like a good challenge, but if you’re not buying Modern Warfare on PS4, you won’t know if you’re a survivor or a wimp until October 1st, 2020 – that’s when the exclusivity deal for that particular piece of content runs out. Ridiculous? Definitely.

Naturally, fans went online after finding out about this and started hounding the developers at Infinity Ward. Taylor Kurosaki, the narrative director at Infinity Ward, explained that the exclusivity of Survival was not a decision made by the studio, but by the people up top.  In other words: Activision and Sony.

It’s a shame that such deals are still commonplace in the industry, but money talks and Sony has been shouting the loudest, so naturally the house of PlayStation gets a little something in return. And while this will not affect most people who play on PS4, it’ll be annoying for those who want to play Survival with their buddies who are on the Xbox One. First world problems, mind.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will release on PS4, Xbox One and PC on October 25th.

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