PC gamers, prepare for a letdown. You'll be able to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 when it arrives next Tuesday just like your console brethren, but you won't be able to take full advantage of the Call of Duty Elite stat-tracker/social network at launch, Beachhead Studios' Chacko Sonny confirms to Activision's Dan Amrich.
While Sonny confirms that "we're going to re-open Elite for everyone... any day now," with access limited to Black Ops playercards until MW3's launch, the actual functionality won't be integrated into the game's PC release on day one. The problem, according to Sonny, is keeping everyone on even footing.
"We’re as committed as ever to the PC, but the need to ensure a safe PC environment is greater than ever," Sonny said. "It’s really extensive. We need more time to get there, so Elite on PC will not launch on Day 1. We’re working our butts off to make it happen, but we won’t release it until we know that PC gamers can enjoy Elite as it’s meant to be."
"The issue here is that the PC is an insecure platform. Without a central, trusted resource for stats, a lot of our competition features become unfair," he added. "We can’t give away prizes when people can easily cheat their stats. Leaderboards are less fun when a lot of the users are there unfairly."
The competition side of Elite is going to be an important thing to watch. Players tend to get very creative in finding ways to cheat; it's not a huge deal when you're simply boosting your multiplayer level progress, but when those stats ALSO tie in with the possibility of winning a Jeep or an expensive trip, the need for a secure framework becomes very important. Elite is one of the more amibitious new game-related projects out there right now, so it's no surprise to see Beachhead pushing to get things right.
There's no timeframe for the PC launch just yet. The official line for now from Sonny is that "It will be ready when it's ready."
Source: One of Swords