Modern Warfare 2 beta’s controversial mini-map changes happened because devs don’t want to “punish players for firing weapons”
The developers of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have responded to player-driven feedback from the recent beta, and players themselves are not happy.
Developers Infinity Ward announced their findings from community feedback yesterday, September 20, shortly after the Modern Warfare 2 beta debuted on the PlayStation platform. A big point in the update is that players who fire won’t show up on enemy players’ radars — through this, Infinity Ward believes it won’t penalize players who just fire.
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Infinity Ward basically hopes this change will allow players to look for the sound of the gunshot, trying to pinpoint its origin on the minimap with their ears rather than their eyes. The developers hope this will stop players from heading straight for the nearest red dot on the minimap, encouraging more tactical and natural play in Modern Warfare 2.
The response from the Modern Warfare 2 player base has not been ideal, to put it simply. The Modern Warfare 2 subreddit post seen below pretty succinctly sums up these complaints: Players feel that silencers are now completely redundant in the new game, as if players don’t give up their position on the minimap when firing , what is the use of the muffler?
The backlash from Modern Warfare 2 players seems to be that Infinity Ward heard player feedback on the minimap change and chose to ignore it. Of course, it’s worth noting that player feedback doesn’t always affect the game, and not every piece of player feedback will be implemented in a given game.
That hasn’t stopped the player base from getting pretty unhappy with these new Modern Warfare 2 changes, though. The beta version of Infinity Ward’s new game is not live yet, but it will be released later this week as the beta is open to Xbox and PC players. Head over to our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 beta times and dates guide to find out when you can get in on the action.
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