The Call of Duty franchise is no stranger to exclusivity deals, but that doesn't mean fans don't question the arrangements. Following the news that Survival co-op in Infinity Ward's upcoming reimagining of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is exclusive to the PlayStation 4 for an entire year, one developer says the mode is just "1% of the game" and that the decision was "above all [their] pay grades."
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will include cooperative Spec Ops multiplayer on all platforms, but the wave-based Spec Ops Survival mode was announced as a one-year exclusive for the PS4 on Sony's recent State of Play stream. In a series of tweets responding to a fan, Infinity Ward narrative director Taylor Kurosaki shares his outlook on the exclusivity deal struck between Sony and Call of Duty's publisher, Activision.
"We do our BEST every day to give our players the best experience possible. There are decisions that are above all of our pay grades that have to be considered," Kurosaki writes. "I understand your feelings, but this is much better than others I have seen." While emphasizing that all other launch content and future updates will be "simultaneous day and date across [Xbox One, PS4, and PC]," Kurosaki characterizes Survival mode as "1%" of Modern Warfare's total offerings.
On top of the exclusivity deals, fans are questioning everything from the game's selection of killstreaks to the implementation of the minimap ahead of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's October 25 release. Infinity Ward and Activision have also been reluctant to share details on how the game will incorporate microtranscations.
For more on what's coming from Infinity Ward next month, be sure to check out our Call of Duty: Modern Warfare everything we know guide.