A sizable number of players have allegedly cancelled their Modern Warfare pre-orders in the past week, enough to catch the attention of the publisher.
On the weekend, well-known leaker TheGamingRevolution claimed that Activision and Infinity Ward have held an emergency meeting of sorts to discuss the ongoing backlash. The recent social media campaign has apparently hurt Modern Warfare sales as “a ton” of pre-orders have been cancelled in protest.
Activision and Infinity Ward apparently recent held a big meeting regarding my recent post about Supply Drops. The gist of it is that they’ve lost a tonne of pre orders with the recent news of Survival being delayed by a year on PC/XB and the microtransactions news & are
— TheGamingRevolution (@TheGamingRevoYT) September 26, 2019
There’s no word on just how many pre-orders were cancelled, if they even were. The tall claim remains a rumor for now. However, the source of the rumor has had an incredibly accurate history when it comes to Call of Duty. Those leaks of Black Ops 3 and 4, as well as of Modern Warfare from last year, have mostly come true. Hence, why players feel that Activision and Infinity Ward probably met over cancelled pre-orders and will decided on a solution that benefits the community.
Following a successful beta last week, Modern Warfare took a deep dive when it was revealed that the Survival mode of Spec Ops will be exclusive to PlayStation 4 for a whole year. There were also rumors about supply drops containing weapons, which would push microtransactions into a pay-to-win scenario.
The two concerns forced the community to start an online boycott across all platforms. Such social campaigns seldom achieve results, especially when it comes to a franchise like Call of Duty. It’s why rumors that there were actually a sizable number of cancelled pre-orders is a bit hard to believe.
That said, it’s possible that the backlash will see Infinity Ward solve the supply drops issue. If they really did contain weapons, the developer will likely remove them to curb the storm. The one of Spec Ops, though, would be a hard issue to solve since it involves Sony. The PlayStation company probably paid for exclusivity and it’s difficult to imagine Activision paying the sum back.
Modern Warfare will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 25, 2019. It’s still unknown if the game remains banned in Russia or not. Infinity Ward recently made a few changes where it removed the country’s name from the game. Activision should provide an update in this regard soon.