"People Can Easily Cheat Their Stats"
Call Of Duty: Elite is set to provide an in-depth stat tracking system on top of tiered membership benefits when Modern Warfare 3 launches next week... but Activision has confirmed that the PC launch will be delayed in order to ensure that it's a "safe environment." In a refreshingly honest (and worrying) appraisal of their infrastructure, they also currently believe that players can "easily" cheat and hack their way into high leaderboard positions - and hence win prizes unfairly. Full story below.
Beachhead Studio head Chacko Sonny confirmed the delay on Community Manager Dan Amrich's blog; stating that the "extensive" system needs "more time" to reach its full potential.
We’re as committed as ever to the PC, but the need to ensure a safe PC environment is greater than ever. It’s really extensive. We need more time to get there, so Elite on PC will not launch on Day One.
More interestingly, however, the current state of affairs apparently means that unscrupulous players can hack the leaderboards with ease.
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. 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.
It's a strange and disappointing turn of events - especially so close to release - and we'll keep you posted as and when we get more concrete intel. Has Activision overplayed their hand? You know we want your take on this.