Activision Issues Cease & Desist to CoD: Ghosts FOV Changer

The creator of the Call of Duty: Ghosts field of view changer application has been issued a cease & desist order by Activision.

Ghosts‘ FOV is locked at 65 on PC — a narrow range for gamers who have been accustomed to FOVs twice as wide — and the fourDeltaOne community responded to player demand by providing a fix. The Fovely FOV changer only worked in multiplayer mode, meaning the cinematography of singleplayer campaign sequences would remain unaffected.

Following alleged legal pressure by Activision, fourDeltaOne has taken down the download link “due to a friendly threat from everyone’s favorite publishing firm.” A fourDeltaOne representative reports that the cease & desist was issued on the grounds of the community distributing files used by the game’s updater to verify a game installation — which he asserts to be false. A message on the fourDeltaOne website reads:

“They’re at it again. Seeing a court order I received earlier in September, on request of Activision a local court ordered me to take down ‘any CoD content’ – which somehow seems to include temporary files used by the updater to ‘verify’ a game installation. Since receiving the court order, I have contacted a local law firm which is still in the process of going over the case, however, today I received an e-mail containing a letter (German, page 2), claiming that other projects are also infringing this court order.

“Although I’m still standing by my point that these titles do not contain any Activision files (and therefore I am not ‘providing (part of) the games’), I have taken them offline pending further investigation as a precaution.

“Indeed, this means you can not play at this time – do not complain, it’s Activision whining again.”

When posting the download original link, fourDeltaOne admin NTAuthority warned users the fix could potentially trip anti-cheat systems, but that developer Infinity Ward has never come down hard on FOV changers in the past. He wrote:

“Again, the safety of this tool can not be guaranteed, but typically IW has been pretty lenient towards FOV changers for their titles.”

Oh, Activision. This is how you treat people to try to fix your game?

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8 Comments on Activision Issues Cease & Desist to CoD: Ghosts FOV Changer

SweetPea

On November 6, 2013 at 6:23 am

Locking FOV at 65 is ridiculous, it’s barely playable. Seriously, why don’t they let us use whatever FOV we want? Not that Ghosts was a brilliant game to begin with, but this just makes it even worse.

Ah well, one more reason to play BF4 instead, which actually has a FOV slider.

Tonkinese

On November 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

activision can suck my hairy nuts if i want to change my fov i bloody well can

meh

On November 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Something tells me it’s just some “antipiracy” monkey at Activision failing reading comprehension – hence those ridiculous “contains files from updater” claims. It’s a single .exe. If I’m not mistaken, you can even easily download the app’s source, they were somewhere on those forums.

@Tonkinese – hopefully you won’t have to rebuy the game if you do. Hopefully. I’m not gonna risk VAC bans (which means I’m not gonna play that CoD either).

Activision, seriously? SRIOUSLY?

psycros

On November 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

EA and Activision, please die.

FPSgamer

On November 7, 2013 at 11:24 am

65? Does the protagonist have tunnel vision?

Poopy mcnugget

On November 10, 2013 at 4:28 am

I guess i´ll play BF4 until the f%¤#ing FOV can be changed.. you would think they would have learned by now! grrrrrr

FaceHunter

On November 10, 2013 at 10:51 pm

fourDeltaOne got a C&D letter due to the updater of both the IW4M and IW5M containing files of activisions games, not due to the FOV changer.

Gamefront, get your intel right!

Luc0z

On November 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Lol man…. I literally cannot come to terms with how backwards Activision and IW are. Activision, as the publisher, shouldn’t even give half a about what people do in the game, so we can only surmise that IW are licking the balls of Sony and Microsoft to force people to play on a console, because at the moment, IW clearly aren’t giving a about PC gamers. What IW do not realize is that their competitor, DICE and EA, are selling multitudes of copies of BF4 to ALL platforms, which they support fully. IW are stupidly aiming their game at console gamers only, greatly restricting their target market. Way to go IW, lets see how many more cod titles you can make before you need to give it a different name.