The online mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has never been short of problems with hackers and other ne’er-do-wells. However, things have apparently turned extra sour since some young scamp ejaculated the PlayStation 3 jailbreak code all over the Internet’s face.
But lo! Here comes developer Infinity Ward on a white horse with a security patch tucked in its tunic. This new update for the first-person shooter will launch soon for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC, and will address “security issues that have affected online play”, according to Infinity Ward community bloke Robert Bowling.
Only last month, Bowling took to the Infinity Ward message boards to explain how the PS3 hacks had “resulted in games [becoming] exposed to exploits and hacks,” with online statistics and player progress apparently affected.
The patch will also sort out a “small geo exploit on the map Fuel”. Players exploited said bug to climb inside a rock that lay outside one of the game’s map. Honestly, hiding in virtual rocks, kids these days, etc.
[Infinity Ward forums, via Eurogamer]
An all platforms patch for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will launch soon, Infinity Ward has announced.
It will address “security issues that have affected online play”, community man Robert Bowling said on the game’s official forum.
The patch, which has finished production and is now going through internal quality assurance, will release for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
“Modern Warfare 2” and “security” have enjoyed a strained relationship following the release of hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz’s PS3 jailbreak code onto the internet.
Last month Bowling, aka fourzerotwo, took to the official Infinity Ward forum to blame PS3 Modern Warfare 2 hacks on the console’s compromised security.
“Sony has recently acknowledged a breach in security on the PS3 which resulted in games to become exposed to exploits and hacks,” Bowling said.
“Modern Warfare 2 is no exception to this security exploit and we understand that some of you have experienced problems with stats and other issues associated with this.”
Apparently PS3 Modern Warfare 2 players are susceptible to hacks that affect their statistics and, in some cases, delete their progress.
According to Bowling, Infinity Ward was powerless in the matter.
“Games rely on the security of the encryption on the platforms they’re played on, therefore; updates to the game through patches will not resolve this problem, unless the security exploit itself is resolved on the platform,” he said.
Was he wrong?
Following that controversial post, Bowling followed up with another that revealed Infinity Ward was working to resolve hacking issues.
The studio’s “main focus” was on “preventing hackers from affecting legitimate players” and “addressing users who have already been affected”, he said.
The patch will also address a “small geo exploit on the map Fuel”. Players exploited it to get inside a rock on the outskirts of the map, apparently.