Call of Duty fans criticizing Treyarch, the developers, for poor PlayStation 3 support has encouraged people working on the game to speak to fans — and tell them to change their ways, basically.
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Fans on the Call of Duty: Black Ops official forum created and posted in a thread citing the lack of support for the PlayStation 3 version, especially compared to the Xbox 360 counterpart. The threat attracted a response from a developer, lambasting the fans for building negative relationships with the team.
The developer, David Vonderharr, game design director at Treyarch,“ said fans complaining that he tweeted about Xbox Live Call of Duty problems to just Xbox live player is a low point. He said the same approach will be made when PlayStation Network goes down.
Vonderharr also talked about platform favoritism, which was another criticizm aimed at Treyarch. He said there are hard working people at Treyarch developing for the Wii, along with the PS3, and PC. On developers not talking with fans, Vonderharr said they don’t have time because they are trying to make a solid game for the platform.
One users, called Mizanhur, also said the developer for not mentioning improvements for the PlayStation 3 version. He then said that the developers haven’t talked about any platform, and it’s not part of the communication strategy in any kind of detail.
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Mizanur also went a step further, saying fans pay for about half of the developers wages. Vonderharr said the comment was the reason that the developers didn’t reponse – creating negative comments and making jabs at developers.
The comments don’t sound like anything abnormal that happens on a forum, where fans don’t know the full story about development and therefore jump to conclusions and blame the developers for everything. The fact is the Xbox Live version is more popular because there’s a bigger Call of Duty install base, due to the exclusive DLC and better matchmaking. It’s hard for Sony to convince players to jump over.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 release November 13 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and has been leaked for Wii U but not confirmed by Treyarch.