The Call of Duty franchise, like so many other shooters, suffers from the presence of cheaters and hackers in its popular online modes.
But this could all change with Modern Warfare 3 and the introduction of the premium online service, Call of Duty Elite. Infinity Ward’s Robert Bowling revealed as much when speaking to GameSpy (via). “There’s been a lot of work put into it,” he said. “I can’t go into specifics. On a general high level area there’s so much more stuff that we’ve locked down and made less accessible than we had before.
“A lot of stuff that we stripped out, a lot more challenge response things that we’re doing… It’s about verifying what the code is supposed to be and what the code actually is on the client side, and making sure that those are aligned,” he explained.
“It’s also about our ability to take action when stuff is wrong so we’ve done a lot of work in our ability to update the game more quickly and efficiently than we have before.”
He continued: “A lot of that stuff can be done through Elite that we can review. Then we have tools to report player stuff in game that players can use, and we’ll have entire teams monitoring and taking actions on those.”
That’s certainly reassuring to hear, but can the team manage that kind of work load? “That’s new for us,” Bowling concluded. “A lot of that stuff, the monitoring stuff, a lot of that was introduced in Black Ops but with Elite that is launching with Modern Warfare 3, we’re taking that in an all new area, having full teams dedicated solely to that.”
Modern Warfare 3 hits 360, PS3 and PC on November 8.